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. Who is Ramin?

2. What happens to Nassrin after she leaves Iran?

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

4. Who are the Mujahedeen?

5. What subject do both Mike Gold and F. Scott Fitzgerald write about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

10. 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?

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

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

"Reading Lolita in Tehran" centers around literature, a written form of art. Choose another art form (dance, music, visual art) and discuss the use of that art form in all four sections of the book. What is the role or roles of art in the Iranian Islamic Republic? What role or roles does art play in the fictional works Nafisi teaches? What role or roles does art play in the life of Nafisi? In the lives of her students?

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