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. Why does Margarethe tell Iris that she is better off being ugly?

2. How is Marie de Medici described physically?

3. Who unexpectedly arrives at the van den Meers' home the morning after the ball?

4. What do Iris and Clara use as collateral in order to get Clara a gown?

5. What kind of head piece will Clara wear to the ball to disguise herself?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the Epilogue, what does Ruth surmise happened to the greedy van Stolk?

3. As the Epilogue concludes, what kind of painting does Ruth say should be painted of Clara's children?

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 does Margarethe's decreasing vision symbolize?

6. What does Margarethe suspect is so wrong with the prince that his aunt, the queen, has to set something like the ball up to help him find a wife?

7. What happens in the dream Iris has the night of the ball?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While one of the central themes of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is the exploration of beauty, a smaller theme is that of ugliness. Choose three examples of ugliness (characters, actions, behavior, paintings, etc.) in the novel and discuss how Maguire uses each to convey a message about what ugliness truly is, how people convey it, and how people react to it.

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

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.

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