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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What secret does Nassrin tell Nafisi?
(a) She had been married and divorced.
(b) She had left her family to work for an Islamist student group.
(c) She had been sexually abused by her youngest uncle.
(d) She was leaving for America.

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

3. 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 find one copy and photocopy it.
(c) They order copies through a local bookstore.
(d) They go to all of the second-hand bookstores until they find enough copies.

4. 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) A type of rebellion by an otherwise domesticated wife and mother.
(d) An act of conformity to the prevailing government.

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

6. According to Nafisi, how is Yassi like Lolita?
(a) Both girls have been deprived of the beauty of an ordinary, everyday life.
(b) Both girls have had their lives changed by reading books.
(c) Both girls are reflections of Nafisi's personal experiences.
(d) Both girls have been raped by older men.

7. Chapter 12 takes place during which season?
(a) Spring.
(b) Winter.
(c) Fall.
(d) Summer.

8. Why does Nafisi see a parallel between Humbert and contemporary Iranian society?
(a) Because Humbert's actions would be prohibited in Iranian society.
(b) Because members of Iranian society would act like Humbert if they were permitted to do so.
(c) Because Humbert and the ayatollahs share similar views about sex.
(d) Because the ayatollahs also blame others and hide the truth.

9. 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.

10. Who was Nafisi's father?
(a) The youngest mayor of Tehran in pre-revolutionary Iran.
(b) A troubled businessman.
(c) A famous author.
(d) The director of a high school in Switzerland.

11. 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) Attend funerals of martyrs for the Iranian Revolution.
(c) Bring in their friendship bracelets so that everyone has one to wear.
(d) Homework in the Persian language.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the main point of Chapter 12?

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

4. In "Lolita," how does Humbert attempt to gain the reader's sympathy?

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

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