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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are the biggest threats to an idealized vision of an individual or a country?
(a) Goals for the present government.
(b) The use of literature as a teaching tool.
(c) Interactions between men and women.
(d) The memory of what was real in the past and a sense of imagination about future possibilities.

2. 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.

3. What scene opens Chapter 12?
(a) The members of the class arriving at Nafisi's house.
(b) Nafisi search for books in a bookstore.
(c) Nafisi teaching a class at the University.
(d) The class sitting around a table in Nafisi's apartment.

4. At the beginning of Chapter 16, what are Nafisi and her male acquaintance discussing?
(a) How life in the Islamic Republic has turned everyday activities into exciting secret missions.
(b) What happened when the University of Tehran was closed.
(c) The types of literature that should be discussed in a private study group.
(d) Where to find food and books in Tehran.

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Nafisi remind the students of Nabokov?
(a) Nabokov believed that a totalitarian government offered students the chance to be free.
(b) Because Nabokov symbolizes the kind of writer that the students want be become.
(c) Because Nabokov wrote in an unsettled environment like the setting the students are in.
(d) Nabokov is Nafisi's favorite author.

10. What is Nafisi doing at the beginning of Chapter 11?
(a) Cleaning out her office at the University of Tehran.
(b) Remembering her life as a child.
(c) Looking at the photographs of the girls.
(d) Looking over the class notes she kept from the study sessions.

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

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

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 being undressed in front of strangers.
(d) As if she were surrounded by her best friends.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Nafisi select her students for the small study group?

2. According to Nafisi, how is Yassi like Lolita?

3. What is the main point of Chapter 12?

4. Why do the students meet in Nafisi's apartment?

5. Why was Nafisi's father arrested?

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