Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books Test | Mid-Book 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. Why do Ministry of Education officials ask the faculty at Nafisi's school if they thought they were in Switzerland?

2. What is the first work Nafisi and her students in the study group discuss?

3. How does Nafisi describe her memories?

4. What does Nassrin's mother teach her daughter?

5. Why is Nafisi nervous about the intruders being in her house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nafisi ask her children about their memories of Iran?

2. What factors cause Nafisi to resign from her position at the university?

3. What is the significance of the green gate Nafisi mentions in Chapter 9?

4. How does the Iranian regime expect women to behave on the streets of Tehran?

5. According to Nafisi, what is life like for a "normal Iranian citizen"?

6. Why does Nafisi consider Humbert to be a seducer of the readers of "Lolita"?

7. Why does Nafisi add an epilogue to the end of the memoir?

8. What are the similarities between Sanaz's experience in jail and the experience of Cincinnatus in "Invitation to a Beheading"? What are the differences between their experiences?

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

10. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the memoir, Nafisi returns to the issue of wearing the veil. Write an essay that addresses Nafisi's feelings about the veil. What does the veil represent for Nafisi personally? What does it represent for her professionally? How is the veil used as a symbol in this book?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the students from one of Nafisi's University classes and one of the students from Nafisi's secret class. Describe how the life of each character was shaped through his or her interaction with fiction. What role or roles does fiction play in the life of that character? Does the character change at all through his or her interaction with fiction?

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