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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why are Nafisi's students like ghosts when they are walking through the streets of Tehran?
(a) Because they wear a veil, their skin is very white like a ghost.
(b) They have learned to walk with a gliding motion, barely touching the ground.
(c) Their black clothes hide them when they are walking at night.
(d) They hope to be invisible to the militia and arrive at their destination without confrontation.

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

5. Chapter 15 presents a clear parallel between the character of Humbert and which group of people?
(a) The parents of the students in Nafisi's class.
(b) The mullahs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
(c) The students in Nafisi's class.
(d) The men who the students are related to.

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

7. Why are Manna's friends reprimanded by guards?
(a) Because they were walking on the street.
(b) Because they were biting apples too seductively.
(c) Because they were not wearing their veils.
(d) Because they were wearing makeup.

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

9. 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) Lolita has no other choice but to stay with Humbert.
(d) Humbert does not understand Lolita.

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

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

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

13. How does Nafisi feel about revealing herself in class?
(a) As if she were being forced to examine herself.
(b) As if she were having her insides pulled out.
(c) As if she were surrounded by her best friends.
(d) As if she were being undressed in front of strangers.

14. At the beginning of Chapter 18, what does Nafisi ask the reader to imagine?
(a) They are standing on a street in Tehran.
(b) They are walking down a leafy path.
(c) They are at the university.
(d) They are inside her apartment.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Nafisi consider Humbert, Lolita's molester, such a frightening character?

2. What is the main point of Chapter 12?

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

4. What do the class members take turns doing each week?

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

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