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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Nabokov's "Invitation to a Beheading" the inspiration for Nafisi to form the study group?
(a) Nabokov symbolizes the banality of Western thought.
(b) Nabokov wrote about conditions in post-revolutionary Iran.
(c) Nafisi sees connections between Nabokov's world and post-revolutionary Iran.
(d) Nafisi is inspired by Nabokov's characters who conform to totalitarian regimes.

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

3. How do the students get enough copies of "Lolita" to study?
(a) They find one copy and photocopy it.
(b) They order copies through a local bookstore.
(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.

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

5. What would happen if the "Blood of God" militia saw a girl with nail polish or a strand of loose hair?
(a) The girl would be punished and humiliated for violating laws.
(b) The militia would not permit the girl to continue studying literature.
(c) The girl would be escorted home, where her family would forbid her to go out of the house unescorted.
(d) The girl would be beheaded as an example of an evil woman.

6. What does Nafisi's study group conclude about "Lolita"?
(a) She was not the victim she always claimed to be.
(b) She was the victim of two crimes, losing her life and her own life story.
(c) She was a despicable and shallow girl.
(d) She was a highly desirable but difficult young woman.

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

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

9. What does Nafisi consider to be the first lesson in democracy?
(a) All individuals have the right to freedom of speech.
(b) All individuals have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
(c) All individuals have the right to vote for their own leaders.
(d) All individuals have the right to dress as they please.

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

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

12. Why does the professor ask Nima if his wife brainwashed him?
(a) Because the professor believed Nima's wife was a better student.
(b) Because Nima always relied on his wife to answer questions.
(c) Because the professor valued the opinions of women more than the opinions of men.
(d) Because Nima and his wife both voted against the professor's views.

13. Why are Nafisi's students like ghosts when they are walking through the streets of Tehran?
(a) Because they wear a veil, their skin is very white like a ghost.
(b) They have learned to walk with a gliding motion, barely touching the ground.
(c) They hope to be invisible to the militia and arrive at their destination without confrontation.
(d) Their black clothes hide them when they are walking at night.

14. What does the closeness of the room do to Nafisi and her students?
(a) It prohibits them from sharing their personal thoughts.
(b) It causes them to become personal and intimate.
(c) It makes them nervous and uncomfortable.
(d) It creates a false sense of security in their daily life.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Nafisi see a parallel between Humbert and contemporary Iranian society?

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

3. What causes Manna and Nima to fall in love?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 18, what does Nafisi ask the reader to imagine?

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

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