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. In Part 2, Chapter 12, why does Nafisi decide to cancel class?

2. What do Nafisi and the magician share on their first meeting in his apartment?

3. How does Part 3, Chapter 11 begin?

4. What activity does Nafisi do with her students to help them understand the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

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

3. What does the Islamist Iranian regime have in common with the theme of Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby"?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How are the contemporary events in Iran similar to the events that Nafisi describes in her classroom?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nafisi is the narrator for the actions of herself, the regime, and her students throughout the book. What would a credible witness say about the actions of a totalitarian regime? Is Nafisi a credible reporter? Is her credibility complete or does it have obvious biases that challenge her credibility? Does her credibility remain the same throughout the book? What evidence within the book supports your claims?

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

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.

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