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 is Nafisi nervous about the intruders being in her house?

2. What is Nafisi doing at the beginning of Chapter 11?

3. What does Nafisi's study group conclude about "Lolita"?

4. How does Nafisi select her students for the small study group?

5. How does Nabokov's character Cincinnatus C. become a hero?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the role of literature in Part 1, Chapter 20?

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

7. Why do the magician and Nafisi enjoy each other's company so much?

8. In Part 1, Chapter 18, the room where the class meets becomes a character. How does Nafisi describe the room?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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