Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is Pieter ten Broek?

2. What toy is Ruth given after the commotion in the marketplace when the Fishers first arrive?

3. What happens to the van den Meers' wealth at the end of Chapter 3?

4. Who is a member of the Fisher family?

5. What city do the Fishers flee to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Iris ask Margarethe specifically to teach her how to cook and prepare a meal?

2. What new traits does Iris develop after Henrika's death?

3. What is Iris's relationship with her mother like in the beginning of the novel?

4. How do the Fishers end up at the van den Meers' house?

5. What kind of figure does Ruth become as she begins to get a little older?

6. What revelation does Iris have about her new step-father during his marriage ceremony?

7. What painting does Heer van den Meer commission Schoonmaker to paint?

8. What kind of relationship does Margarethe imply that Caspar and the Master have in secret?

9. What is Iris's role to be at the van den Meers?

10. What do tulips symbolize in the beginning of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While a seemingly small item at the beginning of the text, tulips become critically important by the end of the novel. Discuss what tulips symbolize in the text and how their symbolism changes as the story progresses.

Essay Topic 2

Margarethe makes a point of telling Iris about the importance of knowing when to "jump." What does she mean by this? Choose three parts of the novel where Margarethe "jumps" and what happens as a result. Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

While one of the central themes of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is the exploration of beauty, a smaller theme is that of ugliness. Choose three examples of ugliness (characters, actions, behavior, paintings, etc.) in the novel and discuss how Maguire uses each to convey a message about what ugliness truly is, how people convey it, and how people react to it.

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