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 invites Jotham to dinner because _______________________________________.

2. What task do Ethan and Mattie carry out together?

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

4. Mattie's note to Ethan reads ___________________________.

5. Ethan finds Zeena _______________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What inspires Ethan to try to leave Zeena?

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

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

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

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

6. What is significant about Zeena's behavior that day?

7. How does Mrs. Hale suggest the Fromes in the graveyard are different from the Fromes up at the farm?

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

9. Aside from Mattie, where does Ethan continue to find inspiration and beauty?

10. Why isn't Ethan prepared for Zeena's arrival when he gets home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the importance of duty and appearance affect the events and theme of Ethan Frome? Write an essay in which you choose three examples from the text that suggest an event or theme is affected by duty and appearance.

Essay Topic 2

Considering the major characters of the novel, determine any character as sympathetic, and write an essay in which you defend your choice using specific examples from the text. Then, do the same with an unsympathetic character.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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