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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do the intruders want access to Nafisi's house?
(a) They want to see what was happening on her neighbor's property.
(b) She is able to provide them with safety.
(c) They think she is selling and using drugs.
(d) They are searching for contraband.

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

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

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

5. 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 are reflections of Nafisi's personal experiences.
(d) Both girls have been deprived of the beauty of an ordinary, everyday life.

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

7. 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 tells Yassi to ask her parents for assistance.
(c) Nafisi tells Yassi that she should not get married while she is young.
(d) Nafisi shows Yassi pictures of her childhood.

8. 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 forced to examine herself.
(c) As if she were being undressed in front of strangers.
(d) As if she were having her insides pulled out.

9. Why does Nafisi consider Humbert, Lolita's molester, such a frightening character?
(a) Because he appears normal and ordinary in other aspects of everyday life.
(b) Because his character causes Nafisi's students to question the role of men in their lives.
(c) Because he repeatedly uses force against those who stand in his way.
(d) Because he directly challenges the totalitarian government.

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

11. Why is Negar upset?
(a) Her friendship bracelet has been taken away at school.
(b) She is being taken to jail for insubordination.
(c) She is not allowed to console a friend who had been poorly treated at school.
(d) She is not allowed to join Nafisi's literature discussions.

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

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

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

15. What does Nafisi believe is the main point of "Lolita"?
(a) It is a demonstration of religious fanaticism.
(b) It is an example of how to achieve perfection.
(c) It is a critique of what occurs in totalitarian systems.
(d) It is a morality tale about what happens to girls who disobey.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are students at Nafisi's school regularly asked to do?

2. How does Nabokov's character Cincinnatus C. become a hero?

3. How does Nafisi select her students for the small study group?

4. What scene opens Chapter 12?

5. Why are Nafisi's students like ghosts when they are walking through the streets of Tehran?

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