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 does Nafisi teach during her first semester as a professor at the University of Tehran?

2. According to Nafisi, how can one stop "dancing with the jailer"?

3. In Part 4, Chapter 20, what does Nassrin decide to do?

4. To what does Manna compare her fictional self?

5. What is Nafisi's occupation after she leaves Iran?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens to Nafisi during her discussion with Mr. Bahri about wearing the veil?

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

9. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Reading Lolita in Tehran" is divided into four parts, and each part centers around a novel. The book's title emphasizes only one novel, "Lolita." "Lolita" is the emphasis for the first section of the book. Why do you think that "Lolita" was mentioned in the book title instead of the other novels discussed? Was this a good choice? If not, which of the other novels would have been more suitable and why?

Essay Topic 2

In his "Letter from the Birmingham Jail (April 1963)," Martin Luther King, Jr. responded to critics who called him an extremist by pointing out examples of what he called extremist behavior by famous political and religious figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Jesus. King challenged the notion that "extremist" was a negative behavior, and stated that "the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be."

Choose 3 of the characters listed below. Provide examples of how they are portrayed as extremists in the book. Would the character have the same perspective on their behavior as the author? If not, would the character see himself or herself as an extremist? Would they consider being an extremist to be a positive or a negative characteristic?

~ Nafisi

~ The magician

~ Mr. Bahri

~ Mr. Nyazi

~ The Iranian Government

~ Nafisi's students in the study group

Essay Topic 3

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?

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