Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Test | Final 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. How did Marie de Medici lose her power?

2. Who does the Master tell Iris he views as responsible for bringing van den Meer to ruin?

3. How does Clara get home from the ball?

4. How much of the van den Meers' fortune was lost in Clara's kidnapping as a young child?

5. In the Epilogue, Ruth claims that Iris was better at doing what than painting?

Short Essay Questions

1. As they are about to depart for the ball, how does Iris react when Clara promises not to take Caspar from her?

2. What does Iris worry will happen to Clara if they are forced to leave the beautiful van den Meer home?

3. What kind of perspective can Ruth offer about what happens to her family?

4. During their dance at the ball, what does Iris worry about with regard to Caspar?

5. What does Margarethe's decreasing vision symbolize?

6. How does the reader know Cornelius is depressed after his business venture fails?

7. Who is Caspar referring to when he initially tells Iris that she hopes she will not marry "the wrong man"?

8. What reason does Ruth give for why she often appears inconsequential and stupid in the retelling of the story?

9. What skill does Clara and Iris count on Caspar using when he goes in search of a dress for Iris for the big ball?

10. Why is Margarethe in such shock when Ruth speaks the word "Ashgirl" when referring to Clara?

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

Although they are small, there are multiple examples of foreshadowing present within the novel. Find three specific examples of foreshadowing and discuss what they are, what they symbolize, and what they foreshadow. Make sure to use specific citations from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Henrika's death is very suspicious, especially given Margarethe's delusional confession in the kitchen on the night of the ball. Present an argument as to why Margarethe did or did not kill Henrika, making sure to use specific evidence from the text to support your position. Also make sure to include any motives that Margarethe may have had for killing -- or not killing -- Henrika.

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