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 happened to the Gallery of God's Mistakes after the Master died?

2. How does Margarethe suggest Iris take care of the whole family?

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

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

5. How many grandchildren does Ruth end up having?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are two examples of juxtapositioned themes to her family's story that Ruth gives in the Epilogue?

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

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

4. How does the Master respond to Clara's vote of confidence at the ball, when she says that she is sure his painting will be picked by the queen?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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

Henrika's death is very suspicious, especially given Margarethe's delusional confession in the kitchen on the night of the ball. Present an argument as to why Margarethe did or did not kill Henrika, making sure to use specific evidence from the text to support your position. Also make sure to include any motives that Margarethe may have had for killing -- or not killing -- Henrika.

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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