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. When Zeena arrives home, she ______________________________.

2. What pleasure do Mattie and Ethan allow themselves before the train comes?

3. Ethan returns home to find _____________________________________.

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

5. In his anguish, Ethan finds the nerve to _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Ethan once again annoyed by Denis Eady in Chapter 6?

2. Why is Mattie forced to move her trunk by herself until Ethan comes to help her?

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

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

5. Why doesn't Ethan feel he can refuse Zeena's demand to send Mattie away?

6. What clues does Ethan have that Zeena's return will not be a pleasant one?

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

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

9. Why is Ethan willing to overlook his pride to renew his request for money from Andrew Hale?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of the novel, Ethan loses hope in many of his dreams. Write an essay in which you follow the progression of Ethan's defeat using specific events and motifs to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Martin Luther said that "Thoughts pay no duty." Considering the difference between Ethan Frome's thoughts and his many actions of duty performed in the novel, write an essay in which you defend, refute or qualify Luther's quote using Ethan Frome as support for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

The New York Times said, "The secret of [Ethan Frome's] greatness is the stark human drama of it; is plain, raw, first-hand human stuff." In your essay, defend, refute, or qualify the Times' review, identifying the novel's significance to the human experiences of love, duty, or loss.

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