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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Nafisi select her students for the small study group?
(a) She chooses students who earn good grades in all their classes.
(b) She chooses students who can afford to pay her on a regular basis.
(c) She chooses students who dislike the liberal qualities of the university.
(d) She chooses students who are loners or outsiders.

2. What does Nafisi share with her male acquaintance in Chapter 16?
(a) A car ride.
(b) A ham sandwich.
(c) An ice cream cone.
(d) A dinner party.

3. How does Nabokov's character Cincinnatus C. become a hero?
(a) By giving in to the requirements of the government.
(b) By rescuing those who are falsely imprisoned.
(c) By refusing to be like everyone else.
(d) By fighting off his jailors.

4. What is the dream Nafisi and her students share?
(a) The dreamer has escaped to America.
(b) The dreamer is able to purchase and read any book she wants.
(c) The dreamer is not wearing a veil and is running away.
(d) The dreamer is captured by the morality police.

5. The desire for what intangible object drives Nafisi's students?
(a) The desire for justice.
(b) The desire for morality.
(c) The desire for beauty.
(d) The desire for truth.

6. Where is Nafisi's apartment located?
(a) Across from an ex-American hospital.
(b) Above a restaurant.
(c) In the middle of a mountain range.
(d) On the campus of the University of Tehran.

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

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

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

10. How does Nafisi refer to her male acquaintance?
(a) As "my mentor."
(b) As "my magician."
(c) As "my boyfriend."
(d) As "my colleague."

11. What happens to the class after they read "Madame Bovary"?
(a) Some of the girls decide to leave the study group.
(b) They have a sense of shared intimacy.
(c) The girls begin to take charge of the discussion.
(d) The class agrees to meet in a local cafe.

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

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

14. What is the main reason for Nafisi's resignation from the University of Tehran?
(a) She wants to teach literature to smaller groups in private.
(b) She isn't able to do the type of scholarship the government required.
(c) The University of Tehran is too liberal.
(d) The governance of the University is arbitrary.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Nafisi worried about her students?

2. What object does Nafisi refer to when she first describes the students in her study group?

3. Who is the villain in "Lolita"?

4. What would happen if the "Blood of God" militia saw a girl with nail polish or a strand of loose hair?

5. What happens to the everyday lives of Nafisi and her students as a result of the secret class?

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