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What happened to Ethan at the beginning of the book

he was in a smash up

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What is the narrator doing at the beginning of the book

investigating what happened to Ethan

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What did Ethan commit

adultery

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How did Ethan commit adultery

was married to Zeena but he likes Mattie

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Where does Ethan go everyday

post office

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What does Ethan get at the post office everyday

magazine

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why does Ethan go to the post office everyday

to get out of the house

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What happened to Ethan in the smash up

scarred, messed up shoulder, nothing mental like Mattie

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Was Mattie a good housekeeper

no; didn't get the proper training

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What does Mattie represent to Ethan

a new hope

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Characteristics of Zeena

Bitter, sick, judgmental, cold, sarcastic, grumpy, stolid, lonely, depressed, observant, smart

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Is Zeena envious of Mattie? if so why

yes, Ethan has more of an interest in her then Zeena

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Does Zeena know whats going on

yes she does

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Why is Zeena lonely

Ethan spends his time at the farm, doesn't talk to her, shows more interest in Mattie

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Is Zeena afraid of losing Ethan? is so why

Yes, she would be alone and sickly like she already is

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How is Ethan and Zeenas marriage

falling apart, no love or compassion

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Why did they get married in the first place

Ethans mom was sick, Zeena came and helped out, Ethan would have been lonely so he asked her to marry him

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What did the pickle dish symbolize

their marriage; it broke like their marriage was

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who broke the wedding dish

Mattie; she brought it down from the shelf and the cat knocked it down from the table

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what does Ethan do to the cloth Mattie is making when they are alone

he kisses it

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Signs that mattie may be interested

makes fancy dinner, uses the pickle dish, bow in her hair, acts nervous

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why i Zeena mean to ethan

marriage is a two way street; if he's mean then she'll act the same way

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How is mattie and zeena relationship

not good, zeena is always rude to her, calls her things

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how does ethan and zeenas marriage reflect the authors marriage in real life

she had an affair, like Ethan and mattie no love or compassion, like ethan and zeena

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Author of the book

Edith Wharton

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What color is the wedding dish

red

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What red things does mattie wear

red ribon, red scarf

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when does she wear the red ribbon

first night they are alone

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when does she wear the red scarf

the night of the dance and when they went sledding

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What does the color red symbolize

passion blood heart anger sin; evil love

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What does the cat represent

Zeena

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what does the cat do when Zeena isn't home

goes in her chair, gets in the way of ethan and mattie

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does the cat know what its doing

no doesn't know the severity of things

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where does the story take place

starkfield mass

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What can ethan never fulfill

his desirees

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what are ethane desires

leave stark field, go to school

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What stopped ethan from going to school

the death of his father then the sickness of his mother

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who is the protagonist in the story

ethan

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what is ethane obligation

to stay and help zeena with her sickess

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Was zeena sick while helping ethans mother

a little but not a lot

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what happens to zeena once ethans mom dies

she becomes sicker

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wa zeena really sick or was it more of a thought to her; hypochondriac

personal opinin

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hypochondriac realtesd to zeena

thinks that she is sicker then she really is

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does zeena use her sickness to get ethan to stay with her

personal opinion

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what did marriage give ethan

more obligations, social constraints, moral issues

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what happens to ethans desires as time goes on

they become crushed

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who is more innocent, ethan or mattie

mattie

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what was zeena at age 27

a spinster

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spinster

doesn't get married

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what age did women during that time usually get married

around age 20

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why did zeena marry ethan

he was her last resort at age 27

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are mattie and zeena alike or diffferent

different; opposites of each other

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what might the author trying to portray in this novel

that what she did when she cheated was ok. gives us an inside look and tries to make us take her side

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where does zeena go

bettsbridge

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why does zeena go to bettsbridge

to see a doctor

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what did zeena do when she got home from the doctor

goes straight to her room

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what do ethan and zeena talk about when she gets home from the doctor

that mattie needs to leave

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why does zeena want mattie to leave

she hired another girl and she's sick of housing her when she doesn't even like her

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why does ethan get mad at zeena for saying to get rid of mattie

because he secretly likes her and doesn't want her to leave

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why does ethan get mad at zeena for saying to get rid of mattie

because he secretly likes her and doesn't want her to leave

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does ethan friend the broken dish

yes, confronts ethan and mattie

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does ethan friend the broken dish

yes, confronts ethan and mattie

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does ethan ever fix the dish

does some of it but doesn't get to finish it all before zeena finds it

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does ethan ever fix the dish

does some of it but doesn't get to finish it all before zeena finds it

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Who does ethan blame the broken dish on

the cat

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Who does ethan blame the broken dish on

the cat

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what happened after ethan said the cat did it

mattie speaks up and says she did it

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what happened after ethan said the cat did it

mattie speaks up and says she did it

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Who tells mattie that she has to leave

ethan

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Who tells mattie that she has to leave

ethan

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Who takes mattie? who is supposed to?

ethan, jotham powell

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Who takes mattie? who is supposed to?

ethan, jotham powell

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what path do ethan and mattie take

take the long way

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what path do ethan and mattie take

take the long way

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what are the injuries sustained from the sledding accident

mattie is paralyzed, ethan has a shoulder injury and other small things but nothing to major

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what do mattie and ethan tell each other on the ride

their feelings for each other

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what does mattie tell ethan that she found

the note he was going to write to zeena saying she is leaving

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what does mattie tell ethan that she found

the note he was going to write to zeena saying she is leaving

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As it gets dark what do ethan and mattie do

go sledding

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how many times do they go down the hill

twice

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why do they go down the hill the second time

mattie says they should kill themselves so they go down the hill

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what do they expect to kill them

the big elm tree

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different types of conflicts

person vs person person vs nature person vs self person vs unknown person vs technology person vs society

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why does ethan swerve before hitting the tree

he picture zeenas face

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what are the injuries sustained from the sledding accident

mattie is paralyzed, ethan has a shoulder injury and other small things but nothing to major

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what does zeena most likely think about their injuries

that they deserved them

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what ends up happening after the sledding accident

Zena has to take care of both Mattie and ethan along with herself

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What did the sled symbolize

he had no control over his life

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did zeena drive than into mattes arms

personal opinnion, she was mean to him but she was treating him how he was treating her

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Did ethan stalk mattie

yes, picnic, walking her home form the dance

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did mattie entice ethan

yes lead him on but it could've just been her personality

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conflict

clash between opposing forces

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different types of conflicts

person vs person person vs nature person vs self person vs unknown person vs technology person vs society

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theme

underlying message, main idea of a literary work

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how long is the the theme as it is being stated

can be stated in one sentence

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motif

reocurring structures, contrasts, iterary devices, helps a major theme

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what does the motif help

a major theme

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Ethan from motif

people taking care of each other in the book

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mattie conflicts

person vs person person vs society person vs self

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Zeena conflicts

person vs perosn Person vs nature person vs self person vs society

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ethans conflicts

person vs person person vs nature person vs society person vs self

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society as an obstacle to the fulfillment of desire

shouldn't cheat on wife, right versus wrong Theme

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Morality as an obstacle to the fulfillment of desire

Adultery; right versu wrong theme

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winter as a stifling force

winter retracts your lifestyle, coldness of characters, sledding is in the winter; suicide theme

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Snow and cold

ethan and mattie hangout out outside, bad weather in the beginning of the book and the end, gives us the inner story cause the narrator had to stop at ethans house due to the weather

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disability and illness

zeena came to take care of ethans mom and got sicker because of it, mattie came to to care for zeena and became paralyzed

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how sick was zeena really

personal opinion

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Which character is the most right and the most wrong

personal opinion

99

is there a comparison between antigone and ethan frome

personal opinion

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who is the antagonist

personal opinion; mattie, zeena, or ethan himself