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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 are students at Nafisi's school regularly asked to do?

2. Where are Nafisi's children when Chapter 19 begins?

3. What is the main point of Chapter 12?

4. Why does the male student have to meet with Nafisi separately?

5. In Chapter 9, what does Yassi ask Nafisi ?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nafisi agree with Nabokov's statement that every great novel is a fairy tale?

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

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

4. Why does Nafisi get upset with students in her class at Alzahrah University (Part 3, Chapter 25)?

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

6. Why does Nafisi think teaching "The Great Gatsby" was the right choice for that time and place?

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

8. What is the similarity between Lolita's past and the past of Nafisi's students?

9. Why does the magician tell Nafisi to stop blaming the Islamic Republic for all her problems?

10. What does Nafisi mean when she says that the real day of the Ayatollah's death has not yet occurred?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Reading Lolita in Tehran" centers around literature, a written form of art. Choose another art form (dance, music, visual art) and discuss the use of that art form in all four sections of the book. What is the role or roles of art in the Iranian Islamic Republic? What role or roles does art play in the fictional works Nafisi teaches? What role or roles does art play in the life of Nafisi? In the lives of her students?

Essay Topic 2

Nafisi addresses disappearance and absence as a major theme in the book. Write an essay that examines the issues of disappearance and absence in the novels Nafisi teaches, in the lives of her students, and in Nafisi's own life, both personally and professionally.

Essay Topic 3

In "Reading Lolita in Tehran," the novels and their authors take on the role of characters, contributing to the storyline, advancing the plot, and interacting with the other characters (Nafisi and her students). Choose one of the major novels ("Lolita," "The Great Gatsby") or one of the major authors (James, Austen) and describe how Nafisi treats the book or writer as a character in the memoir.

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