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. Right before the evening when her painting is unveiled, what cruel thing does Clara say to Iris when Iris comes to try to coax her out of her bedroom?

2. What role does Margarethe take in Schoonmaker's household?

3. What catches Iris's eye about Schoonmaker's lodgings?

4. What happens to Rebekka?

5. After Rebekka's death, what does Margarethe worry has happened to the household?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Clara get the nickname of "Cinderella"?

9. What does van den Meer's lost wealth mean for Margarethe's plan?

10. How does Heer van den Meer first present Iris to Clara?

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

Iris, Ruth, and Clara all have very complicated childhoods. Examine what makes each child's experience growing up so complicated, what each girl had control of growing up, and what, if anything, could have been changed to make each of their childhoods more enjoyable for them.

Essay Topic 3

Paintings play a crucial role in Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. Choose three paintings that are mentioned in the text and discuss 1) who and what they physically represent, 2) who and what they symbolically represent, and 3) how Maguire uses them to advance and influence the plot. For each painting, use at least one (and preferably two) citations from the text to support your physical description.

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