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 first assignment for the students in the study group?

2. What does Nassrin's mother's teaching symbolize?

3. Why does the professor ask Nima if his wife brainwashed him?

4. What are the biggest threats to an idealized vision of an individual or a country?

5. What causes Manna and Nima to fall in love?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the generation of Nafisi's students different from the generation of Nafisi and her peers?

3. What does Nafisi do during her early years as a professor at the University of Tehran?

4. Why do Mitra and the other students find the Thursday study group to be significant?

5. What happens to Nafisi during her discussion with Mr. Bahri about wearing the veil?

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

7. How are the contemporary events in Iran similar to the events that Nafisi describes in her classroom?

8. Why does Nafisi describe the three types of women portrayed in "A Thousand and One Nights"?

9. Why does Nafisi focus on Azin's painted fingernails?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nafisi presents several male students as passionate about the values of the Islamist Republic of Iran. In what ways are Mr. Bahri, Mr. Nyazi, and Mr. Ghomi similar? In what ways are they different? Which one of those students is portrayed as being in closest agreement with the regime? What evidence supports your choice?

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

In Part 3, Chapter 18, Nafisi describes a "perfectly equipped failure." In Part 3, Chapter 26, Nafisi provides characteristics of a traditional heroine. Using the descriptions and characteristics provided in these chapters, write an essay that addresses the following questions:

1) Would Laleh be considered a heroine or a perfectly equipped failure?

2) Would Razieh be considered a heroine or a perfectly equipped failure?

3) Which does Nafisi consider more worthy of admiration, a heroine or a perfectly equipped failure?

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