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 does Nafisi notice is missing from the walls at the university?

2. How does the class study of "The Great Gatsby" affect Nafisi?

3. What is the Dear Jane Society?

4. In Part 3, Chapter 6, why does Nafisi join a group?

5. In Part 3, Chapter 13, what does Nafisi get on the first day she begins teaching?

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. 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?

3. Why does the magician tell Nafisi to stop blaming the Islamic Republic for all her problems?

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

6. What does Nafisi mean when she says that the real day of the Ayatollah's death has not yet occurred?

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

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

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

10. 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"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the memoir, Nafisi returns to the issue of wearing the veil. Write an essay that addresses Nafisi's feelings about the veil. What does the veil represent for Nafisi personally? What does it represent for her professionally? How is the veil used as a symbol in this book?

Essay Topic 2

In Part 3, Chapter 18, Nafisi describes a "perfectly equipped failure." In Part 3, Chapter 26, Nafisi provides characteristics of a traditional heroine. Using the descriptions and characteristics provided in these chapters, write an essay that addresses the following questions:

1) Would Laleh be considered a heroine or a perfectly equipped failure?

2) Would Razieh be considered a heroine or a perfectly equipped failure?

3) Which does Nafisi consider more worthy of admiration, a heroine or a perfectly equipped failure?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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