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. Why does the government first enforce the requirement that women remain covered in workplaces and shops?

2. Why does Nafisi form a friendship with Jeff?

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

4. Who does Nafisi consider to be the "real protagonists" in her class?

5. To what does Manna compare her fictional self?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How has Miss Ruhi changed since her introduction in Part 3, Chapter 14?

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

7. Part 2, Chapter 11 begins with a quote from Mike Gold, "Art is useful as bread." How is this quote related to the rest of the chapter and to previous incidents in Nafisi's text?

8. What happens to Nafisi during her discussion with Mr. Bahri about wearing the veil?

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

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

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 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

"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?

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