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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 the relationship between Nafisi and her first husband?
2. How does the class study of "The Great Gatsby" affect Nafisi?
3. What is Mina's job?
4. In Part 3, Chapter 9, what author does Nafisi discuss with the magician?
5. Why does Nafisi form a friendship with Jeff?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Nafisi mean by her statement that she "left Iran, but Iran did not leave me?"
2. Why does a university staff member describe the Ayatollah's funeral as an event?
3. What does it mean to be complicit in one's own crimes?
4. Why is Nafisi conflicted about returning to full-time teaching?
5. What does Nassrin mean when she talks about the "ordeal of freedom" in Part 4, Chapter 20?
6. What kind of man is Mr. Bahri?
7. Why does the magician tell Nafisi to stop blaming the Islamic Republic for all her problems?
8. What is the impact of Iran's war with Iraq?
9. 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?
10. What are the similarities between the lives of the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and the lives of Nafisi's students?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In Section I, Chapter 14, Nafisi quotes Nabokov: "Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form." Write an essay that addresses the following questions about Nabokov's quote: What is the meaning of this quote? Why would curiosity be considered insubordination? What is the role of curiosity in Nafisi's book? Who is described as being curious? How does Nafisi's curiosity impact her students? How does their curiosity demonstrate insubordination?
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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