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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Nafisi refer to her male acquaintance?
(a) As "my colleague."
(b) As "my boyfriend."
(c) As "my magician."
(d) As "my mentor."

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

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

7. What is the first work Nafisi and her students in the study group discuss?
(a) "Nabokov."
(b) "Lolita."
(c) "A Thousand and One Nights."
(d) "Invitation to a Beheading."

8. How does Nafisi's acquaintance describe her students?
(a) As "fine people."
(b) As "pretty women."
(c) As "good students."
(d) As "nice girls."

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

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

11. Why do Ministry of Education officials ask the faculty at Nafisi's school if they thought they were in Switzerland?
(a) Because Switzerland is the model for the type of government the Ministry of Education is trying to establish.
(b) Because Switzerland has schools with conservative values just like the conservative values of the University of Tehran.
(c) Because the University of Tehran is the most liberal campus in Iran, and Switzerland is the byword for Western lax and decadent behavior.
(d) Because the officials believe the University of Tehran is too conservative and should be more like schools in Switzerland.

12. What becomes part of the "landscape" of Nafisi's class?
(a) The oppression of the Iranian regime.
(b) The presence of the magician.
(c) The mountains in the mirror.
(d) Nafisi's life and family.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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