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 project is Nassrin working on?

2. What happens to Iranian writers and publishers during the mid-nineties?

3. How does Mr. Bahir become president of the Muslim Students' Association at the University of Tehran?

4. What does Mr. Forsati want to do?

5. In Part 2, Chapter 14, what do the police do to the women at the protest meeting?

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 is the impact of Iran's war with Iraq?

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

4. Why does Nafisi get upset with students in her class at Alzahrah University (Part 3, Chapter 25)?

5. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nafisi addresses disappearance and absence as a major theme in the book. Write an essay that examines the issues of disappearance and absence in the novels Nafisi teaches, in the lives of her students, and in Nafisi's own life, both personally and professionally.

Essay Topic 2

Nafisi opens and closes the book with images and accounts of the students in her secret class. This creates a satisfying conclusion and cyclic treatment in the book. What other examples of cyclic treatment are evident in the book? Choose 2 examples and write an essay illustrating how Nafisi uses cyclic treatment throughout the book.

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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