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. After his wife dies, what investment does van den Meer worry has been lost?

2. How are Ruth and Iris related?

3. Who opens her door at the commotion in the marketplace and talks to Ruth?

4. What does Iris think of Caspar's paintings of Ruth?

5. When she first arrives, what services does Margarethe offer the townspeople in exchange for food and housing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What revelation does Iris have about her mother during her mother's marriage ceremony?

3. What goals is Marie de Medici trying to achieve through the ball?

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

5. Once she has been at the van den Meer's household for a little while, how does Iris's relationship with Caspar begin to change?

6. How does Clara change after the incident at the windmill?

7. When Cornelius discovers that Schoonmaker has not been invited to the wedding, what does he ask Iris to do?

8. What is a changeling?

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

10. While painting his famous painting of Clara, the Master says that he is "going to ruin" someone. Who does he mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several characters in the novel are initially presented as characters without much of a voice who ultimately, by the conclusion of the story, find their voice and are better able to speak in a way that is true to themselves. Choose one character for whom this is true and explain 1) why their voice was silenced or limited in the beginning of the text, 2) who limited their voice, 3) what happened to change their ability to truly "speak," and 4) what that character's newly found voice represents and says about that person's true inner character.

Essay Topic 2

Complete a character analysis of the Queen of the Hairy-Chinned Gypsies. What kind of character is she? How does her character change throughout the novel (or does it)? What role does she play in the text? What is the reader supposed to think of her? Does the reader's opinion of her change as the story progresses? Is she a "good" character, a "bad" character, or both? What literary tools does Maguire use to develop her character?

Essay Topic 3

Many things are in juxtaposition in the text. Pick three characters, themes, settings, or other examples of juxtapositioning and explain how Maguire sets up the juxtaposition, the role the juxtaposition plays within the story, and what message Maguire is trying to send through each contrast.

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