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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 does Lolita continue to stay with Humbert?
(c) Why do people find pleasure in reading such a horrible story?
(d) Why are we reading this novel?

2. Why does Nafisi's acquaintance refuse to meet with her students?
(a) He is trying to minimize contact with people.
(b) He does not like female students.
(c) He is unhappy with Nafisi teaching literature to these girls.
(d) He does not want to get Nafisi in trouble with the authorities.

3. How does Nafisi structure the first class sessions?
(a) With students reading "revolutionary" authors and discussing the parallels to contemporary society.
(b) With the students leading discussion and choosing what to read.
(c) Like a lecture class, with the students taking notes on Nafisi's lectures.
(d) Like a traditional literature class, with Nafisi asking questions and leading discussions.

4. Where are Nafisi's children when Chapter 19 begins?
(a) Jail.
(b) Tehran.
(c) Washington.
(d) At a restaurant.

5. What are students at Nafisi's school regularly asked to do?
(a) Participate in a ritualistic stomping and burning the American flag while shouting "Death to America!"
(b) Bring in their friendship bracelets so that everyone has one to wear.
(c) Attend funerals of martyrs for the Iranian Revolution.
(d) Homework in the Persian language.

6. How does Nafisi feel about revealing herself in class?
(a) As if she were being forced to examine herself.
(b) As if she were surrounded by her best friends.
(c) As if she were being undressed in front of strangers.
(d) As if she were having her insides pulled out.

7. According to Nafisi, how is the character of Lolita like Nafisi's students?
(a) Lolita and Nafisi's students are props in someone else's quest to find the perfect image.
(b) Lolita and Nafisi's students both exhibit characteristics of heroism in dealing with their past.
(c) Lolita and Nafisi's students are both stuck in the past, unable to accept present conditions.
(d) Lolita and Nafisi's students are perfect images of the ideal woman in a totalitarian regime.

8. What does the class strive to do in their study of literature?
(a) Discover truths about beauty and human nature.
(b) Learn how to be better writers.
(c) Find answers about political ideology.
(d) Discover ways to question religious authorities.

9. Why are Manna's friends reprimanded by guards?
(a) Because they were biting apples too seductively.
(b) Because they were wearing makeup.
(c) Because they were walking on the street.
(d) Because they were not wearing their veils.

10. How did Nafisi learn of her father's arrest?
(a) She heard her mother telling her sister.
(b) She was pulled out of her sophomore class in Switzerland.
(c) The government came to her house.
(d) Her father told her many years later.

11. Why did Nabokov say that every great novel is a fairy tale?
(a) All novels are stories with imaginary characters like fairy tales.
(b) Because all good novelists begin to write after reading fairy tales.
(c) Even though fairy tales have monsters, good ultimately wins over evil.
(d) Fairy tales and novels both demonstrate the beauty of the natural world.

12. Why is Negar upset?
(a) She is not allowed to console a friend who had been poorly treated at school.
(b) She is being taken to jail for insubordination.
(c) She is not allowed to join Nafisi's literature discussions.
(d) Her friendship bracelet has been taken away at school.

13. How does Nafisi's male acquaintance think he can tell a person's character?
(a) By watching them walk.
(b) By listening to them speak.
(c) By looking at their photo.
(d) By holding something they have worn.

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

15. Who demands entry into Nafisi's house?
(a) Nafisi's children.
(b) Students from Nafisi's study group.
(c) The ayatollahs.
(d) Members of the Revolutionary Committee.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the intruders want access to Nafisi's house?

2. What object becomes popular in Iran?

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

4. Chapter 15 presents a clear parallel between the character of Humbert and which group of people?

5. Why are Nafisi and her students in the room?

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