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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 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
America is presented as both reality and symbol, as a concept and a country. Describe the various ways America is interpreted and understood by those in Nafisi's classes and the Iranian government. How do those interpretations compare to Nafisi's personal memories and descriptions of America? What elements of America are emphasized? What elements of America are omitted? Why are there omissions?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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