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

3. Which item is van Stolk most interested in in the van den Meers' household?

4. As the ball approaches and Clara becomes increasingly reclusive, what does Iris accuse her of becoming like?

5. What key item did Clara leave behind at the ball?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the trail of blood that follows Clara after the ball indicate?

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

3. 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?

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

5. While at the ball, what do Iris and the Master decide is more permanent than beauty?

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

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

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

9. Why is Iris surprised to learn that many of the guests at the ball are still talking about her, even after the prince and Clara retire to the private room?

10. During their dance at the ball, what does Iris worry about with regard to Caspar?

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

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

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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