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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Nassrin's mother teach her daughter?
(a) German.
(b) English.
(c) Arabic.
(d) French.

4. What is the first assignment for the students in the study group?
(a) To create a secret language using invented words.
(b) To remember what Nafisi taught in her university classes.
(c) To relax and enjoy reading.
(d) To analyze the types of women found in a piece of literature.

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

6. What are the biggest threats to an idealized vision of an individual or a country?
(a) The memory of what was real in the past and a sense of imagination about future possibilities.
(b) Goals for the present government.
(c) Interactions between men and women.
(d) The use of literature as a teaching tool.

7. What type of author do the students seem most interested in studying?
(a) Authors who have female characters with strong opinions.
(b) Authors who show the benefits of a religious society.
(c) "Non-revolutionary" authors such as Joyce, Nabokov, Woolf, and Austin.
(d) "Revolutionary" authors who are tied to current political ideologies.

8. What does Nassrin's mother's teaching symbolize?
(a) A method of learning to speak another language.
(b) A way of revisiting her childhood in a foreign country.
(c) An act of conformity to the prevailing government.
(d) A type of rebellion by an otherwise domesticated wife and mother.

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

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

11. Why do the students meet in Nafisi's apartment?
(a) To plan ways to join the revolution.
(b) To learn about religious freedom.
(c) To escape the University of Tehran.
(d) To study and discuss literature.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Nafisi's apartment located?

2. What is Nafisi doing at the beginning of Chapter 11?

3. How does Nabokov's character Cincinnatus C. become a hero?

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

5. How does the professor solve problems of literary criticism?

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