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. Who does Iris dance with first at the ball?

2. Who does Iris and Ruth's hair for the ball?

3. What changes about Clara's dress after the ball?

4. In Chapter 4, what ailment does Margarethe claim to have gotten while visiting the Master and seeing his horrible paintings?

5. What ends up happening to the tulip trade in the novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What reasoning does Clara use in explaining to Iris why her beauty is actually a curse?

4. What does Ruth have to say about beauty in the Epilogue?

5. What causes the prince to be initially interested in Iris?

6. What memory does Ruth say burdened Iris her entire life?

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

8. What does Margarethe's decreasing vision symbolize?

9. While at the ball, what do Iris and the Master decide is more permanent than beauty?

10. What key piece of information did Iris not understand about Margarethe's continued reference to the imp in their family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose three passages from Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister that you consider to be the three most important. Analyze each passage for tone, diction, and any other literary devices that Maguire might use within them, such as foreshadowing or symbolism. What makes each scene one of the most important? How does Maguire convey the high level of importance of each passage? Which literary devices does Maguire use to structure and create each passage, and how would each scene be different without the use of one of those devices?

Essay Topic 2

A respect for memory -- or the lack thereof -- is a defining characteristic of many of the novel's characters. Choose two characters from Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and compare and contrast, using specific examples, whether the characters have a respect for memory and learn from the past.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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