Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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

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 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

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?

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