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 demands entry into Nafisi's house?

2. How does Nafisi's male acquaintance think he can tell a person's character?

3. What does Nafisi see reflected in the mirror?

4. What does Nafisi believe is the main point of "Lolita"?

5. What scene opens Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is there a difference between the students' level of comfort in talking about themselves and their level of comfort in discussing the novels?

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

3. Why does Nafisi include Part 1, Chapter 12 in her memoir?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the magician do with the photographs Nafisi shows him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the students from one of Nafisi's University classes and one of the students from Nafisi's secret class. Describe how the life of each character was shaped through his or her interaction with fiction. What role or roles does fiction play in the life of that character? Does the character change at all through his or her interaction with fiction?

Essay Topic 2

On Nafisi's first day of teaching at the University of Tehran, she asks the students what fiction should accomplish. Using examples from the text, write an essay comparing and contrasting the answer from the perspective of one of the students in Nafisi's student class and the answer from the perspective of Mr. Bahri of Mr. Nyazi.

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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