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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 15, how does the study group define a villain?
(a) One who lacks curiosity about other people, being only interested in his/her vision of other people.
(b) One who knowingly challenges the religious culture of the ruling party.
(c) One who molests a child.
(d) One who bows to authority figures.

2. 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 wrote in an unsettled environment like the setting the students are in.
(c) Because Nabokov symbolizes the kind of writer that the students want be become.
(d) Nabokov is Nafisi's favorite author.

3. What secret does Nassrin tell Nafisi?
(a) She had been married and divorced.
(b) She had left her family to work for an Islamist student group.
(c) She had been sexually abused by her youngest uncle.
(d) She was leaving for America.

4. 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 life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
(c) All individuals have the right to freedom of speech.
(d) All individuals have the right to vote for their own leaders.

5. According to Nafisi, how is the character of Lolita like Nafisi's students?
(a) Lolita and Nafisi's students both exhibit characteristics of heroism in dealing with their past.
(b) Lolita and Nafisi's students are both stuck in the past, unable to accept present conditions.
(c) Lolita and Nafisi's students are perfect images of the ideal woman in a totalitarian regime.
(d) Lolita and Nafisi's students are props in someone else's quest to find the perfect image.

6. Why is Nabokov's "Invitation to a Beheading" the inspiration for Nafisi to form the study group?
(a) Nabokov wrote about conditions in post-revolutionary Iran.
(b) Nafisi is inspired by Nabokov's characters who conform to totalitarian regimes.
(c) Nabokov symbolizes the banality of Western thought.
(d) Nafisi sees connections between Nabokov's world and post-revolutionary Iran.

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

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

9. How did Nafisi learn of her father's arrest?
(a) She heard her mother telling her sister.
(b) The government came to her house.
(c) Her father told her many years later.
(d) She was pulled out of her sophomore class in Switzerland.

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

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

12. Who was Nafisi's father?
(a) The youngest mayor of Tehran in pre-revolutionary Iran.
(b) A troubled businessman.
(c) A famous author.
(d) The director of a high school in Switzerland.

13. What is the first assignment for the students in the study group?
(a) To create a secret language using invented words.
(b) To analyze the types of women found in a piece of literature.
(c) To remember what Nafisi taught in her university classes.
(d) To relax and enjoy reading.

14. Why is it so difficult to find a copy of "Lolita" in Tehran?
(a) The book has been banned.
(b) Students prefer to read from photocopies, not books.
(c) The bookstores are unable to order books with female characters.
(d) The bookstores are closed.

15. In Chapter 14, what question does Mitra ask about "Lolita"?
(a) Why do people find pleasure in reading such a horrible story?
(b) Why are we reading this novel?
(c) Why does Humbert try to control Lolita?
(d) Why does Lolita continue to stay with Humbert?

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Nafisi's male acquaintance think he can tell a person's character?

2. In Chapter 9, what does Nafisi do to answer Yassi's question?

3. How does Nafisi describe her memories?

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

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

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