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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Chapter 20, Nafisi tells a story about what event that happened to Manna and Nima?
(a) They realized that literature is not as important as survival.
(b) They began to become more orthodox.
(c) They were expelled from the university.
(d) They were kicked out of the study group.

3. Who is the villain in "Lolita"?
(a) The individual with the imaginative mind.
(b) Humbert.
(c) The director of the summer camp.
(d) Lolita.

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

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

6. What does Nafisi describe as the crux of the problem in "Lolita"?
(a) Lolita is in love with Humbert.
(b) Humbert does not understand Lolita.
(c) Lolita has no other choice but to stay with Humbert.
(d) Humbert is in love with Lolita.

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

8. Nassrin describes herself as being in the middle of what for her whole life?
(a) In the middle of safety and danger.
(b) In the middle of fiction and reality.
(c) In the middle of insubordination and obedience.
(d) In the middle of tradition and change.

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

10. What does Nassrin's mother's teaching symbolize?
(a) A way of revisiting her childhood in a foreign country.
(b) A type of rebellion by an otherwise domesticated wife and mother.
(c) An act of conformity to the prevailing government.
(d) A method of learning to speak another language.

11. Why is Mashid jailed?
(a) Because she is associated with a dissident organization.
(b) Because people find out she was studying literature.
(c) Because she steals flowers.
(d) Because she tells her parents she was translating Islamic texts into English.

12. How does Nafisi describe her memories?
(a) As the barrier between her and her students.
(b) As surrounding her every day.
(c) As invaders that arrive abruptly and unexpectedly.
(d) As sweet tastes inside her head.

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

14. What is the main point of Chapter 12?
(a) To provide the reader with a sketch of the class meeting to discuss "Lolita."
(b) Copies of books are not readily available in Tehran.
(c) To provide the reader with an understanding of how "Lolita" was sold in Tehran.
(d) The students enjoy reading "Lolita."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When the intruders enter Nafisi's house, what happens?

2. What does Nafisi believe is the main point of "Lolita"?

3. In Chapter 15, how does the study group define a villain?

4. How does Nafisi introduce the reader to the students in her class?

5. What is Nafisi doing at the beginning of Chapter 11?

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