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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are students at Nafisi's school regularly asked to do?
(a) Homework in the Persian language.
(b) Bring in their friendship bracelets so that everyone has one to wear.
(c) Attend funerals of martyrs for the Iranian Revolution.
(d) Participate in a ritualistic stomping and burning the American flag while shouting "Death to America!"

2. Where are Nafisi's children when Chapter 19 begins?
(a) Tehran.
(b) At a restaurant.
(c) Jail.
(d) Washington.

3. 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."

4. Why does the male student have to meet with Nafisi separately?
(a) A group with men and women would arouse suspicion from the Islamist authorities.
(b) The female students do not like having a male student in their class.
(c) Nafisi believes that male and female students learn differently.
(d) His schedule does not permit him to meet with the female students.

5. In Chapter 9, what does Yassi ask Nafisi ?
(a) Yassi asks if she is like Lolita.
(b) Yassi asks if she can live with Nafisi.
(c) Yassi asks if she should go to America.
(d) Yassi asks if she should remain at the University of Tehran.

6. How does the professor solve problems of literary criticism?
(a) By finding critical essays that support his viewpoint.
(b) By asking the class to vote on matters of interpretation.
(c) By telling students that literary criticism is not important.
(d) By talking to his colleagues on the University faculty.

7. 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 and his wife both voted against the professor's views.
(c) Because the professor valued the opinions of women more than the opinions of men.
(d) Because Nima always relied on his wife to answer questions.

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

9. What happens to the everyday lives of Nafisi and her students as a result of the secret class?
(a) Their everyday lives are untouched by the secret class.
(b) Their everyday lives become less tolerable.
(c) Their everyday lives begin to invade the study group meetings.
(d) Their everyday lives take on the quality of fiction and make-believe.

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

11. Why are Nafisi and her students in the room?
(a) To demonstrate control over their own lives.
(b) Because they have nowhere else to go.
(c) To protect themselves from the reality outside.
(d) Because they have been confined by the religious patrols.

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

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

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

15. Why does Nafisi's apartment lack matching furniture and fancy window dressings?
(a) She is too poor to afford material possessions.
(b) Her mother does not believe those items are appropriate for women.
(c) She is more concerned with literature and the inner world of knowledge.
(d) Her belongings were taken by revolutionaries.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Nabokov say that every great novel is a fairy tale?

2. According to Nafisi, how is Yassi like Lolita?

3. In Chapter 20, Nafisi tells a story about what event that happened to Manna and Nima?

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

5. Where does Nafisi write her class notes?

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