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

2. Where does Nafisi write her class notes?
(a) Lined paper tablets.
(b) Pocket calendars.
(c) Small scraps of paper.
(d) Big diaries.

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

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

5. What does Nafisi's study group conclude about "Lolita"?
(a) She was not the victim she always claimed to be.
(b) She was a despicable and shallow girl.
(c) She was the victim of two crimes, losing her life and her own life story.
(d) She was a highly desirable but difficult young woman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the biggest threats to an idealized vision of an individual or a country?

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

3. What does Nassrin's mother teach her daughter?

4. What does Nafisi believe is the main point of "Lolita"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the magician and Nafisi enjoy each other's company so much?

3. Why is there a difference between the students' level of comfort in talking about themselves and their level of comfort in discussing the novels?

4. In Chapter 2, why does Nafisi describe the first meeting of the study group in present tense instead of past tense?

5. In Part 1, Chapter 18, the room where the class meets becomes a character. How does Nafisi describe the room?

6. Why does Nafisi agree with Nabokov's statement that every great novel is a fairy tale?

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

8. What is the role of literature in Part 1, Chapter 20?

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

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

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