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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Nafisi doing at the beginning of Chapter 11?
(a) Cleaning out her office at the University of Tehran.
(b) Remembering her life as a child.
(c) Looking at the photographs of the girls.
(d) Looking over the class notes she kept from the study sessions.

2. Where do the intruders to Nafisi's house go once they are in her house?
(a) To the front balcony.
(b) Into the library.
(c) To the kitchen.
(d) To the rear balcony.

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

4. What are the biggest threats to an idealized vision of an individual or a country?
(a) The memory of what was real in the past and a sense of imagination about future possibilities.
(b) Goals for the present government.
(c) Interactions between men and women.
(d) The use of literature as a teaching tool.

5. What scene opens Chapter 12?
(a) The class sitting around a table in Nafisi's apartment.
(b) The members of the class arriving at Nafisi's house.
(c) Nafisi teaching a class at the University.
(d) Nafisi search for books in a bookstore.

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

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

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

9. The desire for what intangible object drives Nafisi's students?
(a) The desire for justice.
(b) The desire for morality.
(c) The desire for truth.
(d) The desire for beauty.

10. Who demands entry into Nafisi's house?
(a) Nafisi's children.
(b) The ayatollahs.
(c) Members of the Revolutionary Committee.
(d) Students from Nafisi's study group.

11. How does Nabokov's character Cincinnatus C. become a hero?
(a) By rescuing those who are falsely imprisoned.
(b) By refusing to be like everyone else.
(c) By giving in to the requirements of the government.
(d) By fighting off his jailors.

12. What causes Manna and Nima to fall in love?
(a) They share a passion for the revolutionary cause.
(b) They see parallels between their lives and the lives of Humbert and Lolita.
(c) They are in the same literature study group.
(d) They share a common passion for literature.

13. Where is Nafisi's apartment located?
(a) On the campus of the University of Tehran.
(b) Above a restaurant.
(c) Across from an ex-American hospital.
(d) In the middle of a mountain range.

14. Why is Nafisi nervous about the intruders being in her house?
(a) She has young children who are afraid of guns.
(b) She hasn't cleaned the house for a religious celebration.
(c) She believes her neighbor will blame her for whatever happens.
(d) She has a forbidden satellite dish.

15. What does Nassrin's mother teach her daughter?
(a) German.
(b) English.
(c) Arabic.
(d) French.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Nafisi remind the students of Nabokov?

2. How does Nafisi feel about revealing herself in class?

3. Why does Nafisi return to the two photographs of her students in Chapter 7?

4. In Chapter 14, what question does Mitra ask about "Lolita"?

5. How do the Iranian authorities view the country's past?

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