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 are the Mujahedeen?

2. Why is Nafisi uncomfortable with Mr. Bahir's action at the end of Part 2, Chapter 6?

3. In Part 2, Chapter 15, what does Dr. A. do that causes a student to honor him many years later?

4. Who is Dr. Shahpour Bakhtiar?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Nafisi mean by her statement that she "left Iran, but Iran did not leave me?"

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Nafisi presents several male students as passionate about the values of the Islamist Republic of Iran. In what ways are Mr. Bahri, Mr. Nyazi, and Mr. Ghomi similar? In what ways are they different? Which one of those students is portrayed as being in closest agreement with the regime? What evidence supports your choice?

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