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 does Nafisi share with her male acquaintance in Chapter 16?

2. The desire for what intangible object drives Nafisi's students?

3. Where do the intruders to Nafisi's house go once they are in her house?

4. Why is Mashid jailed?

5. Where does Nafisi write her class notes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Nafisi refer to two photographs in the first chapter?

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

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

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

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

In Section I, Chapter 4, Mahsid says "everyday life does not have fewer horrors than prison." Choose 3 characters from the book and write an essay that illustrates the truthfulness or untruthfulness of this statement from each of their perspectives. What are their everyday horrors? How do these characters respond to them?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In his "Letter from the Birmingham Jail (April 1963)," Martin Luther King, Jr. responded to critics who called him an extremist by pointing out examples of what he called extremist behavior by famous political and religious figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Jesus. King challenged the notion that "extremist" was a negative behavior, and stated that "the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be."

Choose 3 of the characters listed below. Provide examples of how they are portrayed as extremists in the book. Would the character have the same perspective on their behavior as the author? If not, would the character see himself or herself as an extremist? Would they consider being an extremist to be a positive or a negative characteristic?

~ Nafisi

~ The magician

~ Mr. Bahri

~ Mr. Nyazi

~ The Iranian Government

~ Nafisi's students in the study group

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