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 the closeness of the room do to Nafisi and her students?

2. Why is Mashid jailed?

3. What are the biggest threats to an idealized vision of an individual or a country?

4. What is the first assignment for the students in the study group?

5. Chapter 15 presents a clear parallel between the character of Humbert and which group of people?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens to disrupt the class discussion in Chapter 17?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Nafisi presents several male students as passionate about the values of the Islamist Republic of Iran. In what ways are Mr. Bahri, Mr. Nyazi, and Mr. Ghomi similar? In what ways are they different? Which one of those students is portrayed as being in closest agreement with the regime? What evidence supports your choice?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the memoir, Nafisi returns to the issue of wearing the veil. Write an essay that addresses Nafisi's feelings about the veil. What does the veil represent for Nafisi personally? What does it represent for her professionally? How is the veil used as a symbol in this book?

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