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 does Clara yell at Nicolaes van Stolk as she departs her house en route to the ball?

2. How much of the van den Meers' household has been lost because of their debt?

3. What family scene does Ruth think would have made a good painting?

4. Who ends up taking care of Ruth in her old age?

5. According to the Master, what is the reason behind Margarethe's lie about his relationship with Caspar?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What exactly does Margarethe believe happens to her eyes after she has seen the Master's horrible paintings?

10. 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?

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

Many things are in juxtaposition in the text. Pick three characters, themes, settings, or other examples of juxtapositioning and explain how Maguire sets up the juxtaposition, the role the juxtaposition plays within the story, and what message Maguire is trying to send through each contrast.

Essay Topic 3

Several different characters in the novel operate under different moral codes. Margarethe, for example, becomes increasingly religious but Iris feels that she does not follow the moral code of her religion. In contrast, Iris does not follow a religion as closely as her mother does, but it could be argued that she lives a more moral life. Choose once character in the novel and examine that character's moral code, what the basis of that moral code is, and whether or not the choices the character makes indicate whether he or she is a moral person. Make sure to use specific examples from the story to support your argument.

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