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 does Nafisi meet with in Part 3, Chapter 10?

2. In Part 3, Chapter 14, which former student comes to see Nafisi?

3. What right does Nafisi fantasize about being added to the Bill of Rights?

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

5. Why do the students begin to keep vigils at the University of Tehran?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

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

5. Nafisi first mentions the magician in Part 1, Chapter 10. Why does she wait until Part 2, Chapter 20, to describe him more fully?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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