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. Who is Negar?

2. Why are Nafisi and her students in the room?

3. Why is Negar upset?

4. How does Nafisi feel about revealing herself in class?

5. According to Nafisi, how is Yassi like Lolita?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the university officials react to Nafisi before and after her resignation?

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

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

5. Why does Nafisi believe the scene where Humbert picked up Lolita at summer camp is the heart of Nabokov's novel?

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

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

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

9. Why does Nassrin say she has been caught in the middle of tradition and change her entire life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Several times Nafisi refers to the individual rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Write an essay that focuses on one of those rights. How is that right viewed by the Islamist Iranian Republic? How is that right portrayed in the literature Nafisi teaches? What does Nafisi do to assert her rights?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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