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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What causes Manna and Nima to fall in love?
(a) They share a common passion for literature.
(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 passion for the revolutionary cause.

2. 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.

3. Why does Nafisi consider Humbert, Lolita's molester, such a frightening character?
(a) Because he repeatedly uses force against those who stand in his way.
(b) Because he appears normal and ordinary in other aspects of everyday life.
(c) Because his character causes Nafisi's students to question the role of men in their lives.
(d) Because he directly challenges the totalitarian government.

4. How does Nafisi select her students for the small study group?
(a) She chooses students who earn good grades in all their classes.
(b) She chooses students who can afford to pay her on a regular basis.
(c) She chooses students who dislike the liberal qualities of the university.
(d) She chooses students who are loners or outsiders.

5. What do the class members take turns doing each week?
(a) They take turns telling their private stories.
(b) They take turns reading a published copy of "Lolita."
(c) They take turns providing pastry for breaks.
(d) They take turns leading the group discussion.

6. What object becomes popular in Iran?
(a) A satellite dish.
(b) A mirror.
(c) Foreign language novels.
(d) The Great Gatsby.

7. 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.

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

9. What is the main reason for Nafisi's resignation from the University of Tehran?
(a) She isn't able to do the type of scholarship the government required.
(b) She wants to teach literature to smaller groups in private.
(c) The University of Tehran is too liberal.
(d) The governance of the University is arbitrary.

10. What does Nafisi consider to be the first lesson in democracy?
(a) All individuals have the right to dress as they please.
(b) All individuals have the right to vote for their own leaders.
(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. Why does Nafisi's acquaintance refuse to meet with her students?
(a) He is unhappy with Nafisi teaching literature to these girls.
(b) He is trying to minimize contact with people.
(c) He does not like female students.
(d) He does not want to get Nafisi in trouble with the authorities.

12. 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 a despicable and shallow girl.
(c) She was not the victim she always claimed to be.
(d) She was a highly desirable but difficult young woman.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Nafisi see reflected in the mirror?

3. Why do the intruders want access to Nafisi's house?

4. Why are Manna's friends reprimanded by guards?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 16, what are Nafisi and her male acquaintance discussing?

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