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. Why does Mrs. Hale only visit the Fromes twice a year?

2. Ethan returns home to find _____________________________________.

3. After the accident, Ethan thinks he hears _____________________________.

4. Who, from the description Wharton offers, appears to be the healthier of the women?

5. Why hasn't the fire been lit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What inspires Ethan to try to leave Zeena?

2. What has given Zeena a new air of authority?

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

4. Describe Mattie as the narrator sees her.

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

6. What are Ethan and Mattie finally free to speak about openly now that Mattie is leaving?

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

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

9. What does Zeena spend her time doing since the accident?

10. Who finally takes action to determine the outcome of Ethan and Mattie's situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the roles available to women in the novel, write an essay in which you analyze the effect of any female character's actions on major events. Determine whether the character is responsible for her actions, or whether her role has dictated the outcome of events.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Wharton's use of symbols such as the horse, the cold, and the farmhouse to establish Frome's character throughout the novel. Then write an essay in which you identify at least three symbols that represent qualities of Ethan's character.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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