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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Nafisi introduce the reader to the students in her class?
(a) She describes the students as a group so the reader understands the importance of community.
(b) She describes the arrival of each student on the first day of class.
(c) She shows the photograph that was taken of the group of students.
(d) She gives each student a nickname based on their favorite book.

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. What does Nafisi consider to be the first lesson in democracy?
(a) All individuals have the right to vote for their own leaders.
(b) All individuals have the right to dress as they please.
(c) All individuals have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
(d) All individuals have the right to freedom of speech.

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

12. According to Nafisi, how is the character of Lolita like Nafisi's students?
(a) Lolita and Nafisi's students both exhibit characteristics of heroism in dealing with their past.
(b) Lolita and Nafisi's students are props in someone else's quest to find the perfect image.
(c) Lolita and Nafisi's students are perfect images of the ideal woman in a totalitarian regime.
(d) Lolita and Nafisi's students are both stuck in the past, unable to accept present conditions.

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

14. How did Nafisi learn of her father's arrest?
(a) She was pulled out of her sophomore class in Switzerland.
(b) She heard her mother telling her sister.
(c) The government came to her house.
(d) Her father told her many years later.

15. What does the closeness of the room do to Nafisi and her students?
(a) It causes them to become personal and intimate.
(b) It creates a false sense of security in their daily life.
(c) It makes them nervous and uncomfortable.
(d) It prohibits them from sharing their personal thoughts.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the students get enough copies of "Lolita" to study?

2. Chapter 12 takes place during which season?

3. What does Nafisi see reflected in the mirror?

4. The desire for what intangible object drives Nafisi's students?

5. Why is it so difficult to find a copy of "Lolita" in Tehran?

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