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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the main reason for Nafisi's resignation from the University of Tehran?
(a) She isn't able to do the type of scholarship the government required.
(b) She wants to teach literature to smaller groups in private.
(c) The governance of the University is arbitrary.
(d) The University of Tehran is too liberal.

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

4. What happens to the everyday lives of Nafisi and her students as a result of the secret class?
(a) Their everyday lives are untouched by the secret class.
(b) Their everyday lives take on the quality of fiction and make-believe.
(c) Their everyday lives become less tolerable.
(d) Their everyday lives begin to invade the study group meetings.

5. How does Nafisi introduce the reader to the students in her class?
(a) She gives each student a nickname based on their favorite book.
(b) She describes the students as a group so the reader understands the importance of community.
(c) She shows the photograph that was taken of the group of students.
(d) She describes the arrival of each student on the first day of class.

6. 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) Where to find food and books in Tehran.
(c) The types of literature that should be discussed in a private study group.
(d) What happened when the University of Tehran was closed.

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

8. Why was Nafisi's father arrested?
(a) He was not a member of the religious community.
(b) He challenged the educational system.
(c) He ignored directions from those in higher levels of government.
(d) He lost a great deal of money and could not pay the bills.

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

10. What does Nafisi believe is the main point of "Lolita"?
(a) It is a morality tale about what happens to girls who disobey.
(b) It is a critique of what occurs in totalitarian systems.
(c) It is an example of how to achieve perfection.
(d) It is a demonstration of religious fanaticism.

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

12. What object does Nafisi refer to when she first describes the students in her study group?
(a) A veil.
(b) Her apartment.
(c) A photograph.
(d) Tehran.

13. How does Nafisi feel about revealing herself in class?
(a) As if she were being undressed in front of strangers.
(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 having her insides pulled out.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Nafisi worried about her students?

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

3. What does Nafisi's study group conclude about "Lolita"?

4. Why does the literature professor dislike Manna and Nima?

5. Nassrin describes herself as being in the middle of what for her whole life?

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