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. How does Ethan solve the glue problem?

2. How has Zeena changed since the accident?

3. Ethan perceives Zeena's tone as __________________________.

4. When they are alone outside together, Ethan tells Mattie __________________________________.

5. Who does Mrs. Hale compare the remaining Fromes to at the end of the chapter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What inspires Ethan to try to leave Zeena?

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

4. Describe Mattie as the narrator sees her.

5. What does Ethan claim about the state of his marriage in the letter to Zeena, and what does this show about Ethan's character?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Ethan perceive himself as impotent in his situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Considering the author's use of irony in the novel, write an essay in which you argue for or against its effectiveness in revealing the message. Use specific examples of irony from the text as support, and evaluate the success or failure of each one in contributing to the message of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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