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. What causes Manna and Nima to fall in love?

2. What object does Nafisi refer to when she first describes the students in her study group?

3. Why is Nafisi worried about her students?

4. Where does Nafisi write her class notes?

5. How does Nafisi's acquaintance describe her students?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is it difficult to find a copy of "Lolita" in Tehran?

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

4. Why does Nafisi describe the three types of women portrayed in "A Thousand and One Nights"?

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

6. What is the purpose of the dreams that Nafisi describes?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Section I, Chapter 14, Nafisi quotes Nabokov: "Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form." Write an essay that addresses the following questions about Nabokov's quote: What is the meaning of this quote? Why would curiosity be considered insubordination? What is the role of curiosity in Nafisi's book? Who is described as being curious? How does Nafisi's curiosity impact her students? How does their curiosity demonstrate insubordination?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, Nafisi uses language with strong sensory connections. Choose taste, touch, sight, smell, or hearing and write an essay that discusses the use of that sense in each of the four sections of the book. Why is this sense used? Is the sense always used by the same individual? Is it always used in the same way?

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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