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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do Ministry of Education officials ask the faculty at Nafisi's school if they thought they were in Switzerland?
(a) Because Switzerland has schools with conservative values just like the conservative values of the University of Tehran.
(b) Because Switzerland is the model for the type of government the Ministry of Education is trying to establish.
(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.

2. Why is Mashid jailed?
(a) Because she steals flowers.
(b) Because people find out she was studying literature.
(c) Because she is associated with a dissident organization.
(d) Because she tells her parents she was translating Islamic texts into English.

3. What does Nafisi consider to be the first lesson in democracy?
(a) All individuals have the right to vote for their own leaders.
(b) All individuals have the right to dress as they please.
(c) All individuals have the right to freedom of speech.
(d) All individuals have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

4. Why does Nafisi's acquaintance refuse to meet with her students?
(a) He does not want to get Nafisi in trouble with the authorities.
(b) He is unhappy with Nafisi teaching literature to these girls.
(c) He is trying to minimize contact with people.
(d) He does not like female students.

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

6. How does Nafisi describe her memories?
(a) As invaders that arrive abruptly and unexpectedly.
(b) As surrounding her every day.
(c) As the barrier between her and her students.
(d) As sweet tastes inside her head.

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

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

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

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

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

12. What does Nafisi share with her male acquaintance in Chapter 16?
(a) A car ride.
(b) A ham sandwich.
(c) A dinner party.
(d) An ice cream cone.

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

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

15. 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 are loners or outsiders.
(c) She chooses students who can afford to pay her on a regular basis.
(d) She chooses students who dislike the liberal qualities of the university.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the class strive to do in their study of literature?

2. Why does Nafisi's apartment lack matching furniture and fancy window dressings?

3. Chapter 15 presents a clear parallel between the character of Humbert and which group of people?

4. What would happen if the "Blood of God" militia saw a girl with nail polish or a strand of loose hair?

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

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