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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. After Margarethe's confession of her crime, where does Clara go?
(a) To live with Caspar.
(b) To live with the prince.
(c) To live with Schoonmaker.
(d) To live at the Pruyn's.
2. Why does Margarethe tell Iris that she is better off being ugly?
(a) Because her husband won't have to worry about her getting ugly since she already is.
(b) Because beauty does not help anyone in the world.
(c) Because she won't ever have to worry about getting married.
(d) Because she won't have to worry about people only liking her for her looks.
3. Why does Clara decline at first to dance with the prince?
(a) She lies about having a turned ankle.
(b) She doesn't know how to dance.
(c) She wants to give Iris a chance first.
(d) She only has one shoe on.
4. How does Ruth react when the Master says, at the ball, that he wishes Margarethe would have burned his painting?
(a) She speaks for the first time in the novel.
(b) She stares coldly at him.
(c) She spits involuntarily.
(d) She starts to cry.
5. What changes about Clara's dress after the ball?
(a) It suddenly becomes too big.
(b) It suddenly becomes too small, almost choking her.
(c) It somehow glows even more.
(d) It is in complete tatters.
6. What ends up happening to the tulip trade in the novel?
(a) It is regulated and becomes more reliable.
(b) It skyrockets again, giving Ruth a lot of money.
(c) It becomes a national embarrassment.
(d) It never recovers.
7. What color dress does Clara wear to the ball?
8. What does Iris tell Clara that changes her mind about attending the ball?
(a) That she needs to grow up.
(b) That she needs to do something to help her father and her family's situation.
(c) That she is strong, brave, and has a good heart.
(d) All of these answers are correct.
9. According to the Master, what is the reason behind Margarethe's lie about his relationship with Caspar?
(a) She always was in love with Caspar.
(b) She always was in love with the Master.
(c) Margarethe wanted Iris to marry someone better.
(d) She was blackmailing him for money for food.
10. As the ball approaches, what does the reader learn about Margarethe's neighbors' opinion of her?
(a) That they scorn her and think very poorly of her choices.
(b) That they admire her.
(c) That they are jealous of her wealth.
(d) That they think she is the most beautiful woman in all the land.
11. Who is the narrator of the Epilogue?
12. What family scene does Ruth think would have made a good painting?
(a) Margarethe's blinded eyes.
(b) The sight of Clara's children playing.
(c) The burned palace the evening of the ball.
(d) Clara's tattered dress.
13. Who does Ruth suspect of kidnapping Clara as a child?
(a) Her own father.
(b) Van Stolk.
14. What piece of furniture does the queen complain about while at the ball?
(a) A wooden chair.
(b) A creaking dance floor.
(c) An ugly piano.
(d) A stinky sofa.
15. Who does the Master tell Iris he views as responsible for bringing van den Meer to ruin?
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Margarethe feel that Philippe de Marisllac will be interested in Iris?
2. What confession of Margarethe's did Ruth overhear one night?
3. What does Margarethe do to continually manipulate van Stolk and van Antum?
4. What does Clara confess, by her father's bedside, about why she felt such a connection with Ruth?
5. How do Ruth, Iris, and Margarethe get home from the ball?
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