Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books Test | Final 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. In Part 2, Chapter 14, what do the police do to the women at the protest meeting?

2. Azin is described as having what noticeable characteristic?

3. Nafisi describes Austen as being most interested in depicting what?

4. In Part 3, Chapter 9, what author does Nafisi discuss with the magician?

5. What happens to Nassrin after she leaves Iran?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nafisi mean by her statement that she "left Iran, but Iran did not leave me?"

2. Why does Nafisi add an epilogue to the end of the memoir?

3. Why does a university staff member describe the Ayatollah's funeral as an event?

4. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

5. What is the impact of Iran's war with Iraq?

6. What kind of man is Mr. Bahri?

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

8. Why does Nafisi call Catherine in "Washington Square" the inverse of our ideas about what a heroine should be?

9. What does Nassrin mean when she talks about the "ordeal of freedom" in Part 4, Chapter 20?

10. Why does the magician tell Nafisi she should return to teaching?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Section I, Chapter 14, Nafisi quotes Nabokov: "Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form." Write an essay that addresses the following questions about Nabokov's quote: What is the meaning of this quote? Why would curiosity be considered insubordination? What is the role of curiosity in Nafisi's book? Who is described as being curious? How does Nafisi's curiosity impact her students? How does their curiosity demonstrate insubordination?

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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