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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do the Iranian authorities view the country's past?
(a) Iran's past is considered important in the development of a perfect Koranic society.
(b) Iran's past is used as a foundation for the development of a more modern society.
(c) The past is irrelevant to the leaders who want to establish a perfect Koranic society.
(d) The Iranian leaders see the country's past as an example for other societies.

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

3. What scene opens Chapter 12?
(a) Nafisi teaching a class at the University.
(b) The members of the class arriving at Nafisi's house.
(c) The class sitting around a table in Nafisi's apartment.
(d) Nafisi search for books in a bookstore.

4. Why does the literature professor dislike Manna and Nima?
(a) They dislike reading the literature he assigns.
(b) They are falling in love during his class.
(c) They write papers that disagree with his views.
(d) They are not able to write well.

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

6. 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 photocopy it.
(c) They find one copy and pass it around until everyone has read it.
(d) They go to all of the second-hand bookstores until they find enough copies.

7. Why is Nafisi worried about her students?
(a) Because her students show no signs of being individuals.
(b) She is worried that they cannot afford the flowers she expects them to bring.
(c) Because the students are not interested in reading and discussing literature.
(d) She is concerned that they will be punished by their families for attending her class.

8. What is Nafisi doing at the beginning of Chapter 11?
(a) Remembering her life as a child.
(b) Looking over the class notes she kept from the study sessions.
(c) Cleaning out her office at the University of Tehran.
(d) Looking at the photographs of the girls.

9. When the intruders enter Nafisi's house, what happens?
(a) They take her children away.
(b) The doorbell rings.
(c) They catch Nafisi and the study group reading a book.
(d) There is a gun battle with Nafisi's neighbor.

10. What object does Nafisi refer to when she first describes the students in her study group?
(a) A photograph.
(b) Her apartment.
(c) A veil.
(d) Tehran.

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

12. What does Nafisi see reflected in the mirror?
(a) Mountains.
(b) Her husband.
(c) Her students.
(d) A hospital.

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

14. What is the best definition of Nabokov's term "poshlust"?
(a) Empty rituals, false importance, and the reduction of reality to banality.
(b) The ability to remain heroic in the midst of banality and extreme brutality.
(c) The use of reality to contrast with a system of barbaric ritual.
(d) Beauty in the midst of a brutal government regime.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where do the intruders to Nafisi's house go once they are in her house?

3. In Chapter 9, what does Yassi ask Nafisi ?

4. What happens to the class after they read "Madame Bovary"?

5. In Chapter 9, what does Nafisi do to answer Yassi's question?

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