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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 14, what question does Mitra ask about "Lolita"?
(a) Why does Humbert try to control Lolita?
(b) Why are we reading this novel?
(c) Why do people find pleasure in reading such a horrible story?
(d) Why does Lolita continue to stay with Humbert?

2. Why is Mashid jailed?
(a) Because she is associated with a dissident organization.
(b) Because she steals flowers.
(c) Because people find out she was studying literature.
(d) Because she tells her parents she was translating Islamic texts into English.

3. What do the class members take turns doing each week?
(a) They take turns providing pastry for breaks.
(b) They take turns leading the group discussion.
(c) They take turns reading a published copy of "Lolita."
(d) They take turns telling their private stories.

4. Why does the male student have to meet with Nafisi separately?
(a) The female students do not like having a male student in their class.
(b) His schedule does not permit him to meet with the female students.
(c) A group with men and women would arouse suspicion from the Islamist authorities.
(d) Nafisi believes that male and female students learn differently.

5. What symbol does Nafisi think of when she thinks of Lolita?
(a) A school report card.
(b) A helpless little girl.
(c) A school uniform.
(d) A butterfly pinned to the wall.

6. Why was Nafisi's father arrested?
(a) He was not a member of the religious community.
(b) He lost a great deal of money and could not pay the bills.
(c) He ignored directions from those in higher levels of government.
(d) He challenged the educational system.

7. How does Nafisi's acquaintance describe her students?
(a) As "good students."
(b) As "nice girls."
(c) As "fine people."
(d) As "pretty women."

8. In Chapter 9, what does Nafisi do to answer Yassi's question?
(a) Nafisi tells Yassi to ask her parents for assistance.
(b) Nafisi uses literature as a point of reference for her answer.
(c) Nafisi tells Yassi that she should not get married while she is young.
(d) Nafisi shows Yassi pictures of her childhood.

9. Who is the villain in "Lolita"?
(a) The director of the summer camp.
(b) Humbert.
(c) Lolita.
(d) The individual with the imaginative mind.

10. In "Lolita," how does Humbert attempt to gain the reader's sympathy?
(a) By blaming himself for all of Lolita's problems.
(b) By always talking in the first person.
(c) By making Lolita seem undesirable.
(d) By making Lolita seem highly desirable.

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

12. Why do Ministry of Education officials ask the faculty at Nafisi's school if they thought they were in Switzerland?
(a) Because Switzerland is the model for the type of government the Ministry of Education is trying to establish.
(b) Because Switzerland has schools with conservative values just like the conservative values of the University of Tehran.
(c) Because the officials believe the University of Tehran is too conservative and should be more like schools in Switzerland.
(d) Because the University of Tehran is the most liberal campus in Iran, and Switzerland is the byword for Western lax and decadent behavior.

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

14. Chapter 15 presents a clear parallel between the character of Humbert and which group of people?
(a) The men who the students are related to.
(b) The parents of the students in Nafisi's class.
(c) The mullahs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
(d) The students in Nafisi's class.

15. Nassrin describes herself as being in the middle of what for her whole life?
(a) In the middle of fiction and reality.
(b) In the middle of insubordination and obedience.
(c) In the middle of tradition and change.
(d) In the middle of safety and danger.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is it so difficult to find a copy of "Lolita" in Tehran?

2. Why does Nafisi's apartment lack matching furniture and fancy window dressings?

3. Why does Nafisi see a parallel between Humbert and contemporary Iranian society?

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

5. What is the first assignment for the students in the study group?

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