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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 are Manna's friends reprimanded by guards?
2. What does the closeness of the room do to Nafisi and her students?
3. What is Nafisi doing at the beginning of Chapter 11?
4. The desire for what intangible object drives Nafisi's students?
5. In Chapter 9, what does Nafisi do to answer Yassi's question?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Nafisi believe the scene where Humbert picked up Lolita at summer camp is the heart of Nabokov's novel?
2. Why does Nafisi get upset with students in her class at Alzahrah University (Part 3, Chapter 25)?
3. What is the similarity between Lolita's past and the past of Nafisi's students?
4. What is the impact of Iran's war with Iraq?
5. In Part 1, Chapter 18, the room where the class meets becomes a character. How does Nafisi describe the room?
6. Why does Nafisi think teaching "The Great Gatsby" was the right choice for that time and place?
7. What is the purpose of the dreams that Nafisi describes?
8. Why does Nafisi describe the three types of women portrayed in "A Thousand and One Nights"?
9. Why does Nassrin say she has been caught in the middle of tradition and change her entire life?
10. What does it mean to be complicit in one's own crimes?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
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 3
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?
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