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. After Margarethe's confession of her crime, where does Clara go?

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

3. How does Ruth react when the Master says, at the ball, that he wishes Margarethe would have burned his painting?

4. What changes about Clara's dress after the ball?

5. What happened to the Master's reputation after the ball?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What skill does Clara and Iris count on Caspar using when he goes in search of a dress for Iris for the big ball?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. What does Margarethe's decreasing vision symbolize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although they are small, there are multiple examples of foreshadowing present within the novel. Find three specific examples of foreshadowing and discuss what they are, what they symbolize, and what they foreshadow. Make sure to use specific citations from the text to support your position.

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

The Fisher family comprises three very different women. Choose Margarethe, Ruth, or Iris and examine what role they play in the family, whether they are happy in the beginning and end of the text, and how their choices affect the rest of the women in the family unit. Make sure to use quotations from the text to support your position.

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