Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 1: Chapter 12.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Nafisi introduce the reader to the students in her class?
(a) She shows the photograph that was taken of the group of students.
(b) She describes the arrival of each student on the first day of class.
(c) She gives each student a nickname based on their favorite book.
(d) She describes the students as a group so the reader understands the importance of community.

2. What would happen if the "Blood of God" militia saw a girl with nail polish or a strand of loose hair?
(a) The girl would be punished and humiliated for violating laws.
(b) The militia would not permit the girl to continue studying literature.
(c) The girl would be beheaded as an example of an evil woman.
(d) The girl would be escorted home, where her family would forbid her to go out of the house unescorted.

3. How do the students get enough copies of "Lolita" to study?
(a) They order copies through a local bookstore.
(b) They find one copy and pass it around until everyone has read it.
(c) They find one copy and photocopy it.
(d) They go to all of the second-hand bookstores until they find enough copies.

4. Why does Nafisi return to the two photographs of her students in Chapter 7?
(a) The photographs show how much her students changed after they studied literature.
(b) The photographs are evidence that literature is more powerful than clothing.
(c) The images show the contrast between the repression of the outside world and the individuality and freedom allowed in the apartment.
(d) She wants to show how her students are the same people regardless of how they dress.

5. Why are Nafisi's students like ghosts when they are walking through the streets of Tehran?
(a) Because they wear a veil, their skin is very white like a ghost.
(b) They have learned to walk with a gliding motion, barely touching the ground.
(c) Their black clothes hide them when they are walking at night.
(d) They hope to be invisible to the militia and arrive at their destination without confrontation.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Nafisi select her students for the small study group?

2. According to Nafisi, how is the character of Lolita like Nafisi's students?

3. What symbol does Nafisi think of when she thinks of Lolita?

4. What are the biggest threats to an idealized vision of an individual or a country?

5. Why do Ministry of Education officials ask the faculty at Nafisi's school if they thought they were in Switzerland?

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