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. What project is Nassrin working on?

2. What does Mr. Forsati want to do?

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

4. Why does Nafisi state it is important to introduce her students to the works of Saul Bellow?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

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

9. Why does Nafisi focus on Azin's painted fingernails?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nafisi opens the book by asking the reader to imagine the secret class. She ends the book by wondering if she imagined the magician. Throughout the memoir, she mentions imagination in connection to the Iranian regime, to the authors of the fictional novels she teaches, and in the lives of herself and her students. What is the role of imagination in "Reading Lolita in Tehran"? How do each of those characters (the regime, the authors, Nafisi, her students) view imagination?

Essay Topic 2

Nafisi addresses disappearance and absence as a major theme in the book. Write an essay that examines the issues of disappearance and absence in the novels Nafisi teaches, in the lives of her students, and in Nafisi's own life, both personally and professionally.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Nafisi uses language with strong sensory connections. Choose taste, touch, sight, smell, or hearing and write an essay that discusses the use of that sense in each of the four sections of the book. Why is this sense used? Is the sense always used by the same individual? Is it always used in the same way?

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