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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the class strive to do in their study of literature?
(a) Find answers about political ideology.
(b) Discover truths about beauty and human nature.
(c) Discover ways to question religious authorities.
(d) Learn how to be better writers.

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

3. 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 Humbert and the ayatollahs share similar views about sex.
(d) Because the ayatollahs also blame others and hide the truth.

4. 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) The students enjoy reading "Lolita."
(d) To provide the reader with an understanding of how "Lolita" was sold in Tehran.

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

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

7. Why do the students meet in Nafisi's apartment?
(a) To plan ways to join the revolution.
(b) To escape the University of Tehran.
(c) To learn about religious freedom.
(d) To study and discuss literature.

8. What symbol does Nafisi think of when she thinks of Lolita?
(a) A school report card.
(b) A butterfly pinned to the wall.
(c) A helpless little girl.
(d) A school uniform.

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

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

11. Why does the professor ask Nima if his wife brainwashed him?
(a) Because Nima always relied on his wife to answer questions.
(b) Because the professor believed Nima's wife was a better student.
(c) Because Nima and his wife both voted against the professor's views.
(d) Because the professor valued the opinions of women more than the opinions of men.

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

13. What does Nafisi's study group conclude about "Lolita"?
(a) She was the victim of two crimes, losing her life and her own life story.
(b) She was not the victim she always claimed to be.
(c) She was a despicable and shallow girl.
(d) She was a highly desirable but difficult young woman.

14. Why is it so difficult to find a copy of "Lolita" in Tehran?
(a) Students prefer to read from photocopies, not books.
(b) The bookstores are unable to order books with female characters.
(c) The book has been banned.
(d) The bookstores are closed.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Nafisi, how is the character of Lolita like Nafisi's students?

3. Where does Nafisi write her class notes?

4. What does Nassrin's mother's teaching symbolize?

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

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