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. Where is the narrator at the beginning of the first chapter in Part II?

2. In Part 2, Chapter 15, what does Dr. A. do that causes a student to honor him many years later?

3. In Part 3, Chapter 14, what author does Mr. Ghoni use to indirectly question Nafisi?

4. What subject do both Mike Gold and F. Scott Fitzgerald write about?

5. What is Mina's job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the similarities between Sanaz's experience in jail and the experience of Cincinnatus in "Invitation to a Beheading"? What are the differences between their experiences?

2. What does Nafisi do during her time as a member of the Iranian Student Movement?

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

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

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

6. How does Nafisi react to the increase in protests, demonstrations, and violence associated with the revolution?

7. How are Mr. Ghoni's statements about "Daisy Miller" in Part 3, Chapter 15, similar to Mr. Nyazi's statements in Part 3, Chapters 17 and 18, about "The Great Gatsby"?

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

9. What are the similarities between the lives of the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and the lives of Nafisi's students?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Reading Lolita in Tehran" is not told chronologically. The use of flashbacks and the telling of the story in segmented historical pieces distributed across multiple sections determines the shape for the novel. How does the element of time shape the reader's understanding of the memoir's major points? How does the element of time shape the reader's understanding of the characters Nafisi develops?

Essay Topic 2

Nafisi opens the book by asking the reader to imagine the secret class. She ends the book by wondering if she imagined the magician. Throughout the memoir, she mentions imagination in connection to the Iranian regime, to the authors of the fictional novels she teaches, and in the lives of herself and her students. What is the role of imagination in "Reading Lolita in Tehran"? How do each of those characters (the regime, the authors, Nafisi, her students) view imagination?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the students from one of Nafisi's University classes and one of the students from Nafisi's secret class. Describe how the life of each character was shaped through his or her interaction with fiction. What role or roles does fiction play in the life of that character? Does the character change at all through his or her interaction with fiction?

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