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Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome


by Edith Wharton

Ethan Frome: Frome Out of Nowhere Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Ethan Frome? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. When did Ethan and the nameless engineer strike up a friendship?

In high school
When Ethan would give the engineer rides to the train station
When the engineer helped Ethan fix a flat tire
When they were away at camp
Q. How far do we go back in time to learn about Ethan’s life?

6 years
12 years
24 years
30 years - it would have been less, but our DeLorean was on the fritz
Q. Why is Ethan upset when he sees someone dancing with his wife’s cousin?

Because she is married
Because he is in love with her
Because her dancing partner is an immigrant
Because they are doing the foxtrot all wrong
Q. What do Ethan and Mattie make tentative plans to do?

Go ice skating
Build a snowman
Make snow angels
Go sledding
Move somewhere warm enough that none of these are an option
Q. What is missing when Ethan and Mattie return home?

The house key
Ethan’s horse
A vital screw in the porch swing, resulting in a hilarious moment in which Ethan falls awkwardly, landing on his back, while at the same time tripping Mattie and sending her headfirst into a snowbank
One of the living room windows
Q. Why does Zeena say that she is leaving?

Because she no longer loves Ethan
Because she knows that he has been sleeping with her cousin
Because she is going to see a doctor
Because she has been stir crazy ever since she first had her ankle monitor put on
Q. Who breaks Zeena’s favorite dish?

Not sure, but don’t think you’re off the hook on this one
The cat
Q. What does Ethan briefly consider doing when Zeena announces she is kicking Mattie out of the house?

Running away with Mattie
Putting his foot down and insisting that Mattie stay
Buying a copy of The Cheating Husband’s Handbook for guidance on what to do next
Giving up on his love of Mattie
Divorcing Zeena
Q. What does Maggie suggest to Ethan?

That they kill Zeena
That they kill themselves
That they kill the cat
That they play cards for a few hours to kill some time
Q. Once we go back to present day, what condition do we find that Mattie has?

Lung cancer
Spinal disease
Attention deficit hyperactivity dis... what was the question?