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. Why does Nafisi say that war was a blessing to some Iranians?

3. Why does Yassi walk faster then suddenly stop when she is out with a gentleman caller?

4. What gift does Mrs. Rezvan give Nafisi?

5. What game does Nafisi play when she begins wearing a black robe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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. What are the similarities between the lives of the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and the lives of Nafisi's students?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Women are central characters in Nafisi's text and in the texts that Nafisi chooses to teach. Early in the book, Nafisi present three types of women in "A Thousand and One Nights." Of those types, which best represents the majority of the women in the Iranian Republic? Which type represents Nafisi's students? Which type represents Nafisi?

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