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. What is the main reason for Nafisi's resignation from the University of Tehran?

2. How did Nafisi learn of her father's arrest?

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

4. What is the main point of Chapter 12?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Professor X's method of teaching literature different than Nafisi's method of teaching literature?

2. Azin asks the group if a woman has the same right as a man to enjoy sex. Why does this question surprise the group?

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

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

5. What happens to disrupt the class discussion in Chapter 17?

6. Why does Nafisi include Part 1, Chapter 12 in her memoir?

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

8. Why does Nafisi refer to two photographs in the first chapter?

9. What is the relationship between the imaginary rain shower and the meeting of Nafisi's class?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, Nafisi uses language with strong sensory connections. Choose taste, touch, sight, smell, or hearing and write an essay that discusses the use of that sense in each of the four sections of the book. Why is this sense used? Is the sense always used by the same individual? Is it always used in the same way?

Essay Topic 2

Nafisi opens and closes the book with images and accounts of the students in her secret class. This creates a satisfying conclusion and cyclic treatment in the book. What other examples of cyclic treatment are evident in the book? Choose 2 examples and write an essay illustrating how Nafisi uses cyclic treatment throughout the book.

Essay Topic 3

Nafisi opens the book by asking the reader to imagine the secret class. She ends the book by wondering if she imagined the magician. Throughout the memoir, she mentions imagination in connection to the Iranian regime, to the authors of the fictional novels she teaches, and in the lives of herself and her students. What is the role of imagination in "Reading Lolita in Tehran"? How do each of those characters (the regime, the authors, Nafisi, her students) view imagination?

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