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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Nafisi worried about her students?
(a) She is concerned that they will be punished by their families for attending her class.
(b) Because her students show no signs of being individuals.
(c) She is worried that they cannot afford the flowers she expects them to bring.
(d) Because the students are not interested in reading and discussing literature.

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

7. What causes Manna and Nima to fall in love?
(a) They see parallels between their lives and the lives of Humbert and Lolita.
(b) They are in the same literature study group.
(c) They share a common passion for literature.
(d) They share a passion for the revolutionary cause.

8. Nassrin describes herself as being in the middle of what for her whole life?
(a) In the middle of insubordination and obedience.
(b) In the middle of safety and danger.
(c) In the middle of fiction and reality.
(d) In the middle of tradition and change.

9. 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 telling their private stories.
(d) They take turns providing pastry for breaks.

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

11. What type of author do the students seem most interested in studying?
(a) Authors who have female characters with strong opinions.
(b) "Revolutionary" authors who are tied to current political ideologies.
(c) "Non-revolutionary" authors such as Joyce, Nabokov, Woolf, and Austin.
(d) Authors who show the benefits of a religious society.

12. In Chapter 20, Nafisi tells a story about what event that happened to Manna and Nima?
(a) They realized that literature is not as important as survival.
(b) They were expelled from the university.
(c) They were kicked out of the study group.
(d) They began to become more orthodox.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Nafisi introduce the reader to the students in her class?

2. In Chapter 9, what does Yassi ask Nafisi ?

3. How does the professor solve problems of literary criticism?

4. Where does Nafisi write her class notes?

5. Who demands entry into Nafisi's house?

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