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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 are students at Nafisi's school regularly asked to do?

2. Where are Nafisi's children when Chapter 19 begins?

3. What is the main point of Chapter 12?

4. Why does the male student have to meet with Nafisi separately?

5. In Chapter 9, what does Yassi ask Nafisi ?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nafisi agree with Nabokov's statement that every great novel is a fairy tale?

2. In Chapter 2, why does Nafisi describe the first meeting of the study group in present tense instead of past tense?

3. Why does Nassrin say she has been caught in the middle of tradition and change her entire life?

4. Why does Nafisi get upset with students in her class at Alzahrah University (Part 3, Chapter 25)?

5. According to Vera Nabokov, what is the beauty in "Lolita" and why is it missed by critics?

6. Why does Nafisi think teaching "The Great Gatsby" was the right choice for that time and place?

7. Why does Nafisi believe the scene where Humbert picked up Lolita at summer camp is the heart of Nabokov's novel?

8. What is the similarity between Lolita's past and the past of Nafisi's students?

9. Why does the magician tell Nafisi to stop blaming the Islamic Republic for all her problems?

10. What does Nafisi mean when she says that the real day of the Ayatollah's death has not yet occurred?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Women are central characters in Nafisi's text and in the texts that Nafisi chooses to teach. Early in the book, Nafisi present three types of women in "A Thousand and One Nights." Of those types, which best represents the majority of the women in the Iranian Republic? Which type represents Nafisi's students? Which type represents Nafisi?

Essay Topic 2

"Reading Lolita in Tehran" is not told chronologically. The use of flashbacks and the telling of the story in segmented historical pieces distributed across multiple sections determines the shape for the novel. How does the element of time shape the reader's understanding of the memoir's major points? How does the element of time shape the reader's understanding of the characters Nafisi develops?

Essay Topic 3

"Reading Lolita in Tehran" is divided into four parts, and each part centers around a novel. The book's title emphasizes only one novel, "Lolita." "Lolita" is the emphasis for the first section of the book. Why do you think that "Lolita" was mentioned in the book title instead of the other novels discussed? Was this a good choice? If not, which of the other novels would have been more suitable and why?

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