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. What causes Cornelius to become so depressed?

2. What kind of life does Ruth claim Iris led?

3. How do Margarethe, Ruth, and Iris plan on getting dresses for the ball?

4. What color dress does Clara wear to the ball?

5. What happened to the Master's reputation after the ball?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Margarethe react when Iris catches her seemingly trying to burn Young Woman with Tulips at the ball?

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

3. During their argument at the ball, how do Iris and the Master call a truce during their argument?

4. What message is the Master trying to convey when he asks, after showing Margarethe his paintings of hideous people, what she knows about charitable stories from the Bible?

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

6. In the Epilogue, what does Ruth say about the paintings of Iris's that she admires?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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