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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why are Nafisi and her students in the room?
(a) Because they have nowhere else to go.
(b) To demonstrate control over their own lives.
(c) To protect themselves from the reality outside.
(d) Because they have been confined by the religious patrols.

3. Why is Nafisi nervous about the intruders being in her house?
(a) She believes her neighbor will blame her for whatever happens.
(b) She has young children who are afraid of guns.
(c) She hasn't cleaned the house for a religious celebration.
(d) She has a forbidden satellite dish.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do the intruders to Nafisi's house go once they are in her house?

2. Why are Manna's friends reprimanded by guards?

3. What symbol does Nafisi think of when she thinks of Lolita?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nafisi consider Humbert to be a seducer of the readers of "Lolita"?

2. Why does Nafisi ask her children about their memories of Iran?

3. What is the similarity between Lolita's past and the past of Nafisi's students?

4. Why does Nafisi believe the scene where Humbert picked up Lolita at summer camp is the heart of Nabokov's novel?

5. Why does Nassrin say she has been caught in the middle of tradition and change her entire life?

6. Why do Mitra and the other students find the Thursday study group to be significant?

7. Why does Nafisi refer to two photographs in the first chapter?

8. How is Professor X's method of teaching literature different than Nafisi's method of teaching literature?

9. How is the generation of Nafisi's students different from the generation of Nafisi and her peers?

10. Why do Nafisi and her students feel so strongly about Nabokov and his works?

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