Ethan Frome Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Zeena objects to doctors' suggestions ___________________________.

2. Secretly, Ethan wanted to put off his trip into town because it meant _________________________________.

3. Ethan's goal is to reach Starkfield ____________________________.

4. Why is the lumber especially hard for Ethan to load?

5. Ethan intends to hurry home for dinner so that __________________________________-.

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way would Ethan have "lived" if Mattie had died, according to Mrs. Hale?

2. Why does Ruth Hale believe Ethan Frome suffers so badly?

3. What is Zeena's true purpose in hiring a girl to take care of her and their home?

4. What do Ethan and Mattie wish for, rather than living apart?

5. What reason does Ethan give Mattie for Zeena sending her away?

6. What does Zeena's continued good mood show about her character?

7. What prevents Jotham from staying for dinner as he usually does, and why does this bother Ethan?

8. Why is Ethan ashamed of his and Zeena's behavior in their room?

9. How does Ethan's perception of Zeena change during their argument?

10. What generally happens when Ethan tries to be dishonest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the contrasting motifs of cold and warmth or light and darkness, write an essay in which you explore the significance of Wharton's motif to the theme of her novel. Use specific examples of the motifs as support for your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Zeena's sickness in the novel as symbolic of her personality or intentions. Write an essay in which you consider the symbolic meaning of Zeena's sickness in the novel, and discuss its significance to the theme of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the characters of Denis Eady, Jotham Powell, and Andrew Hale. How has each of these male characters helped or harmed Ethan in his plans to find happiness with Mattie? Write an essay in which you describe each of these male characters' influence on Ethan Frome's actions in the text.

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