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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Nafisi return to the two photographs of her students in Chapter 7?
(a) The photographs are evidence that literature is more powerful than clothing.
(b) The photographs show how much her students changed after they studied literature.
(c) The images show the contrast between the repression of the outside world and the individuality and freedom allowed in the apartment.
(d) She wants to show how her students are the same people regardless of how they dress.

2. Why did Nabokov say that every great novel is a fairy tale?
(a) Even though fairy tales have monsters, good ultimately wins over evil.
(b) Because all good novelists begin to write after reading fairy tales.
(c) All novels are stories with imaginary characters like fairy tales.
(d) Fairy tales and novels both demonstrate the beauty of the natural world.

3. Why was Nafisi's father arrested?
(a) He was not a member of the religious community.
(b) He ignored directions from those in higher levels of government.
(c) He challenged the educational system.
(d) He lost a great deal of money and could not pay the bills.

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

5. 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.

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

7. What object becomes popular in Iran?
(a) Foreign language novels.
(b) A satellite dish.
(c) A mirror.
(d) The Great Gatsby.

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

9. 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) Their black clothes hide them when they are walking at night.
(c) They have learned to walk with a gliding motion, barely touching the ground.
(d) They hope to be invisible to the militia and arrive at their destination without confrontation.

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

11. Where does Nafisi write her class notes?
(a) Big diaries.
(b) Pocket calendars.
(c) Lined paper tablets.
(d) Small scraps of paper.

12. Who is Negar?
(a) Nafisi's sister.
(b) One of Nafisi's students.
(c) Nafisi's mother.
(d) Nafisi's daughter.

13. 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.

14. 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) Nafisi sees connections between Nabokov's world and post-revolutionary Iran.
(c) Nafisi is inspired by Nabokov's characters who conform to totalitarian regimes.
(d) Nabokov wrote about conditions in post-revolutionary Iran.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Nafisi's apartment located?

2. Why does Nafisi consider Humbert, Lolita's molester, such a frightening character?

3. Why does the male student have to meet with Nafisi separately?

4. What is the first assignment for the students in the study group?

5. What do the class members take turns doing each week?

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