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. What is Mina's job?

2. What political event described at the beginning of Chapter 9 sets the tone for the subsequent actions of Nafisi's students?

3. Why does Professor R. continue to participate in vigils at the University of Tehran after he resigns from his position?

4. How is Mr. Nahvi like Jane Austen's character Elizabeth Bennet?

5. To what does Manna compare her fictional self?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Nafisi conflicted about returning to full-time teaching?

3. Nafisi first mentions the magician in Part 1, Chapter 10. Why does she wait until Part 2, Chapter 20, to describe him more fully?

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

5. In Part 3, Chapter 14, why does Nafisi describe her students in such detail?

6. What does it mean to be complicit in one's own crimes?

7. What does Nafisi do during her early years as a professor at the University of Tehran?

8. What does the Islamist Iranian regime have in common with the theme of Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

On Nafisi's first day of teaching at the University of Tehran, she asks the students what fiction should accomplish. Using examples from the text, write an essay comparing and contrasting the answer from the perspective of one of the students in Nafisi's student class and the answer from the perspective of Mr. Bahri of Mr. Nyazi.

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