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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Nafisi's acquaintance describe her students?
(a) As "fine people."
(b) As "nice girls."
(c) As "pretty women."
(d) As "good students."

3. According to Nafisi, how is Yassi like Lolita?
(a) Both girls have been deprived of the beauty of an ordinary, everyday life.
(b) Both girls have had their lives changed by reading books.
(c) Both girls are reflections of Nafisi's personal experiences.
(d) Both girls have been raped by older men.

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

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

6. What object becomes popular in Iran?
(a) A satellite dish.
(b) The Great Gatsby.
(c) Foreign language novels.
(d) A mirror.

7. In Chapter 9, what does Yassi ask Nafisi ?
(a) Yassi asks if she is like Lolita.
(b) Yassi asks if she can live with Nafisi.
(c) Yassi asks if she should remain at the University of Tehran.
(d) Yassi asks if she should go to America.

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

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

10. Why are Manna's friends reprimanded by guards?
(a) Because they were walking on the street.
(b) Because they were wearing makeup.
(c) Because they were not wearing their veils.
(d) Because they were biting apples too seductively.

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

12. What would happen if the "Blood of God" militia saw a girl with nail polish or a strand of loose hair?
(a) The girl would be punished and humiliated for violating laws.
(b) The girl would be beheaded as an example of an evil woman.
(c) The girl would be escorted home, where her family would forbid her to go out of the house unescorted.
(d) The militia would not permit the girl to continue studying literature.

13. 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) Iran's past is used as a foundation for the development of a more modern society.
(c) The past is irrelevant to the leaders who want to establish a perfect Koranic society.
(d) Iran's past is considered important in the development of a perfect Koranic society.

14. Why do Ministry of Education officials ask the faculty at Nafisi's school if they thought they were in Switzerland?
(a) Because the officials believe the University of Tehran is too conservative and should be more like schools in Switzerland.
(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 Switzerland has schools with conservative values just like the conservative values of the University of Tehran.

15. What do the class members take turns doing each week?
(a) They take turns telling their private stories.
(b) They take turns providing pastry for breaks.
(c) They take turns reading a published copy of "Lolita."
(d) They take turns leading the group discussion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first assignment for the students in the study group?

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

3. Why did Nabokov say that every great novel is a fairy tale?

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

5. In Chapter 20, Nafisi tells a story about what event that happened to Manna and Nima?

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