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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. Chapter 15 presents a clear parallel between the character of Humbert and which group of people?
(a) The students in Nafisi's class.
(b) The mullahs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
(c) The parents of the students in Nafisi's class.
(d) The men who the students are related to.

2. What becomes part of the "landscape" of Nafisi's class?
(a) Nafisi's life and family.
(b) The mountains in the mirror.
(c) The presence of the magician.
(d) The oppression of the Iranian regime.

3. When the intruders enter Nafisi's house, what happens?
(a) The doorbell rings.
(b) They take her children away.
(c) There is a gun battle with Nafisi's neighbor.
(d) They catch Nafisi and the study group reading a book.

4. Who is Negar?
(a) Nafisi's sister.
(b) Nafisi's daughter.
(c) One of Nafisi's students.
(d) Nafisi's mother.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Nafisi learn of her father's arrest?

2. How does Nafisi structure the first class sessions?

3. The desire for what intangible object drives Nafisi's students?

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

5. What does the closeness of the room do to Nafisi and her students?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between the imaginary rain shower and the meeting of Nafisi's class?

2. Why does the magician tell Nafisi to stop blaming the Islamic Republic for all her problems?

3. How does the Iranian regime expect women to behave on the streets of Tehran?

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

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

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

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

8. What does Nafisi mean when she says that the real day of the Ayatollah's death has not yet occurred?

9. How do the university officials react to Nafisi before and after her resignation?

10. Why does Nafisi call Catherine in "Washington Square" the inverse of our ideas about what a heroine should be?

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