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. Why does Nafisi return to the two photographs of her students in Chapter 7?

2. In Chapter 14, what question does Mitra ask about "Lolita"?

3. Why is Nafisi worried about her students?

4. Why is Negar upset?

5. What would happen if the "Blood of God" militia saw a girl with nail polish or a strand of loose hair?

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 refer to two photographs in the first chapter?

3. According to Nafisi, what is life like for a "normal Iranian citizen"?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the relationship between the imaginary rain shower and the meeting of Nafisi's class?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Nafisi is the narrator for the actions of herself, the regime, and her students throughout the book. What would a credible witness say about the actions of a totalitarian regime? Is Nafisi a credible reporter? Is her credibility complete or does it have obvious biases that challenge her credibility? Does her credibility remain the same throughout the book? What evidence within the book supports your claims?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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