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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 closed.
(d) The bookstores are unable to order books with female characters.

2. Chapter 12 takes place during which season?
(a) Winter.
(b) Spring.
(c) Fall.
(d) Summer.

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

4. Why does Nafisi see a parallel between Humbert and contemporary Iranian society?
(a) Because Humbert and the ayatollahs share similar views about sex.
(b) Because members of Iranian society would act like Humbert if they were permitted to do so.
(c) Because the ayatollahs also blame others and hide the truth.
(d) Because Humbert's actions would be prohibited in Iranian society.

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 props in someone else's quest to find the perfect image.
(d) Lolita and Nafisi's students are perfect images of the ideal woman in a totalitarian regime.

6. Why does the professor ask Nima if his wife brainwashed him?
(a) Because Nima and his wife both voted against the professor's views.
(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 the professor valued the opinions of women more than the opinions of men.

7. How does Nafisi structure the first class sessions?
(a) Like a lecture class, with the students taking notes on Nafisi's lectures.
(b) With the students leading discussion and choosing what to read.
(c) With students reading "revolutionary" authors and discussing the parallels to contemporary society.
(d) Like a traditional literature class, with Nafisi asking questions and leading discussions.

8. What does the class strive to do in their study of literature?
(a) Find answers about political ideology.
(b) Learn how to be better writers.
(c) Discover ways to question religious authorities.
(d) Discover truths about beauty and human nature.

9. How do the Iranian authorities view the country's past?
(a) The Iranian leaders see the country's past as an example for other societies.
(b) The past is irrelevant to the leaders who want to establish a perfect Koranic society.
(c) Iran's past is used as a foundation for the development of a more modern society.
(d) Iran's past is considered important in the development of a perfect Koranic society.

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

11. Who demands entry into Nafisi's house?
(a) Members of the Revolutionary Committee.
(b) Students from Nafisi's study group.
(c) The ayatollahs.
(d) Nafisi's children.

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

13. What is the first work Nafisi and her students in the study group discuss?
(a) "Lolita."
(b) "A Thousand and One Nights."
(c) "Invitation to a Beheading."
(d) "Nabokov."

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why does Nafisi's acquaintance refuse to meet with her students?

4. Why does Nafisi return to the two photographs of her students in Chapter 7?

5. What secret does Nassrin tell Nafisi?

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