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. When Zeena suggests that Mattie has "taken from her" the one she cared about most of all, she is referring to _____________________________.

3. Zeena claims the need for a hired girl forces her to ___________________________.

4. The day's bad weather foreshadows _________________________.

5. When Zeena arrives home, she ______________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Ethan ashamed of his and Zeena's behavior in their room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Characters in Ethan Frome are faced with the manipulation and motivations of others throughout the text. Choose the character you believe is most effected by others' manipulations and motivations, and write an essay supporting your argument. Use specific examples from the text to help support your point.

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