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

2. What symbol does Nafisi think of when she thinks of Lolita?
(a) A school report card.
(b) A butterfly pinned to the wall.
(c) A school uniform.
(d) A helpless little girl.

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

4. Why is Negar upset?
(a) She is not allowed to console a friend who had been poorly treated at school.
(b) Her friendship bracelet has been taken away at school.
(c) She is not allowed to join Nafisi's literature discussions.
(d) She is being taken to jail for insubordination.

5. Why is Nabokov's "Invitation to a Beheading" the inspiration for Nafisi to form the study group?
(a) Nabokov wrote about conditions in post-revolutionary Iran.
(b) Nabokov symbolizes the banality of Western thought.
(c) Nafisi is inspired by Nabokov's characters who conform to totalitarian regimes.
(d) Nafisi sees connections between Nabokov's world and post-revolutionary Iran.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What happens to the class after they read "Madame Bovary"?

3. Why does Nafisi consider Humbert, Lolita's molester, such a frightening character?

4. What does Nassrin's mother's teaching symbolize?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 18, what does Nafisi ask the reader to imagine?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the magician do with the photographs Nafisi shows him?

5. Azin asks the group if a woman has the same right as a man to enjoy sex. Why does this question surprise the group?

6. What is the purpose of the dreams that Nafisi describes?

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

8. According to Nafisi, what is life like for a "normal Iranian citizen"?

9. Why does Nafisi include Part 1, Chapter 12 in her memoir?

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

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