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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 does Iris tell Clara that changes her mind about attending the ball?
2. How is Marie de Medici described physically?
3. What kind of life does Ruth claim Iris led?
4. Who took over the Master's studio when he passed away?
5. What do Iris and Clara use as collateral in order to get Clara a gown?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Margarethe react when Iris catches her seemingly trying to burn Young Woman with Tulips at the ball?
2. What memory does Ruth say burdened Iris her entire life?
3. What reason does Ruth give for why she often appears inconsequential and stupid in the retelling of the story?
4. 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?
5. In the Epilogue, what does Ruth say about the paintings of Iris's that she admires?
6. What kind of perspective can Ruth offer about what happens to her family?
7. What skill does Clara and Iris count on Caspar using when he goes in search of a dress for Iris for the big ball?
8. What causes the prince to be initially interested in Iris?
9. Who is Caspar referring to when he initially tells Iris that she hopes she will not marry "the wrong man"?
10. In the Epilogue, what reason does Ruth give for burning the painting?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Margarethe could easily be described as a selfish character based on her actions throughout the story. A counter argument can also be made, however, that she is a selfless character who continually acts out of a concern to improve the situations of those around her, often at her own expense, suffering, and unhappiness. Present an argument that Margarethe is in fact a selfless character, using at least three specific examples of her selfless actions from the novel.
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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