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 Hojatol-Islam Ali Khamenei?

2. In Part 2, Chapter 14, what do the police do to the women at the protest meeting?

3. What question does Nafisi ask at the beginning of her first class at the University of Tehran?

4. What does Nafisi describe as "the most unforgivable crime in fiction"?

5. Why does Nafisi collect pictures of martyrs during the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of man is Mr. Bahri?

2. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Nafisi get upset with students in her class at Alzahrah University (Part 3, Chapter 25)?

9. Why does Nafisi refer to the concert she attends as a parody of the real thing?

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

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

"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?

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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