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. Azin is described as having what noticeable characteristic?

2. Who delays Nafisi's expulsion from the university?

3. Where is the narrator at the beginning of the first chapter in Part II?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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. What is the impact of Iran's war with Iraq?

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

5. 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?

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

7. Why does a university staff member describe the Ayatollah's funeral as an event?

8. Why does Nafisi add an epilogue to the end of the memoir?

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

10. In Part 3, Chapter 14, why does Nafisi describe her students in such detail?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In his "Letter from the Birmingham Jail (April 1963)," Martin Luther King, Jr. responded to critics who called him an extremist by pointing out examples of what he called extremist behavior by famous political and religious figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Jesus. King challenged the notion that "extremist" was a negative behavior, and stated that "the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be."

Choose 3 of the characters listed below. Provide examples of how they are portrayed as extremists in the book. Would the character have the same perspective on their behavior as the author? If not, would the character see himself or herself as an extremist? Would they consider being an extremist to be a positive or a negative characteristic?

~ Nafisi

~ The magician

~ Mr. Bahri

~ Mr. Nyazi

~ The Iranian Government

~ Nafisi's students in the study group

Essay Topic 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

In "Reading Lolita in Tehran," the novels and their authors take on the role of characters, contributing to the storyline, advancing the plot, and interacting with the other characters (Nafisi and her students). Choose one of the major novels ("Lolita," "The Great Gatsby") or one of the major authors (James, Austen) and describe how Nafisi treats the book or writer as a character in the memoir.

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