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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. Where do the intruders to Nafisi's house go once they are in her house?
(a) To the front balcony.
(b) To the kitchen.
(c) To the rear balcony.
(d) Into the library.

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

3. Why does Nafisi return to the two photographs of her students in Chapter 7?
(a) The images show the contrast between the repression of the outside world and the individuality and freedom allowed in the apartment.
(b) The photographs are evidence that literature is more powerful than clothing.
(c) The photographs show how much her students changed after they studied literature.
(d) She wants to show how her students are the same people regardless of how they dress.

4. In Chapter 14, what question does Mitra ask about "Lolita"?
(a) Why does Lolita continue to stay with Humbert?
(b) Why does Humbert try to control Lolita?
(c) Why are we reading this novel?
(d) Why do people find pleasure in reading such a horrible story?

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the everyday lives of Nafisi and her students as a result of the secret class?

2. According to Nafisi, how is the character of Lolita like Nafisi's students?

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

4. What does Nafisi's study group conclude about "Lolita"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What happens to disrupt the class discussion in Chapter 17?

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

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

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

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

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