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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. Zeena claims the need for a hired girl forces her to ___________________________.
2. Ethan finds Zeena _______________________________.
3. After the accident, the town ___________________________________.
4. What does Mattie plan to do after leaving Starkfield?
5. According to Ruth Hale, who suffers most at the Fromes' house?
Short Essay Questions
1. What might the weather foreshadow about Ethan's plans for the day?
2. What is Zeena's true purpose in hiring a girl to take care of her and their home?
3. Who finally takes action to determine the outcome of Ethan and Mattie's situation?
4. Why is Mattie forced to move her trunk by herself until Ethan comes to help her?
5. What generally happens when Ethan tries to be dishonest?
6. What clues does Ethan have that Zeena's return will not be a pleasant one?
7. Why is Ethan willing to overlook his pride to renew his request for money from Andrew Hale?
8. Aside from Mattie, where does Ethan continue to find inspiration and beauty?
9. How is Ethan once again annoyed by Denis Eady in Chapter 6?
10. What does Zeena spend her time doing since the accident?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The New York Times said, "The secret of [Ethan Frome's] greatness is the stark human drama of it;...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.
Essay Topic 2
Considering the images of small town life Wharton creates in Ethan Frome, write an essay in which you argue for or against the promises and limitations of small town life exhibited in Starkfield. Use at least three characters or events as examples for your argument.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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