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. Ethan hopes that the bad roads or a late train might cause him to __________________________.

2. What does Zeena want to question Mattie about before she leaves?

3. The day's bad weather foreshadows _________________________.

4. Ethan believes the elm ________________________________.

5. Ethan finds Mattie crying because __________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Zeena and Mattie get along after the accident?

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

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

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

5. What is the one rebellion Ethan finally allows himself?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whose fault is the eventual state of the Fromes? Write an essay in which you consider the final state of the Fromes, financially, socially, and emotionally speaking, and determine one character who is ultimately at fault for their decline. Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In most of the chapters in the novel, Ethan's thoughts and actions are revealed through third person characterization. Considering the third person limited point of view, write an essay identifying Ethan Frome as either a sympathetic or an unsympathetic character, and discuss the influence of the narrator on Ethan's characterization.

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