Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels


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1. Which of the following statements about Edith Wharton is TRUE?

2. Which of the following is the BEST description of Ethan Frome?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton published 38 books over the course of her life, many of which were novels that captured the manners and morals of late 19th century Gilded Age. This quiz/worksheet combo asks you about Wharton's life, influences and major works and helps you understand her contribution to American literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These study resources will ask you about the following:

  • Wharton's novel that explores divorce
  • The novel that features characters Newland Archer, Ellen and May
  • Characters in Ethan Frome
  • Wharton's Pulitzer Prize
  • Wharton's breakthrough novel

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access you knowledge about Edith Wharton and her writing
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of Wharton's writing to answer questions about her major novels
  • Making connections - connect characters created by Wharton to the novels in which they appear

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson called Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Wharton's life as an influence in her writing
  • Know her major works
  • Know some of the core themes in her writing
  • Understand her relationships with other major American writers
  • Understand her critical view of upper-class society