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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. What does Nafisi consider to be the first lesson in democracy?
(a) All individuals have the right to freedom of speech.
(b) All individuals have the right to vote for their own leaders.
(c) All individuals have the right to dress as they please.
(d) All individuals have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

2. What happens to the everyday lives of Nafisi and her students as a result of the secret class?
(a) Their everyday lives become less tolerable.
(b) Their everyday lives are untouched by the secret class.
(c) Their everyday lives begin to invade the study group meetings.
(d) Their everyday lives take on the quality of fiction and make-believe.

3. How do the Iranian authorities view the country's past?
(a) Iran's past is considered important in the development of a perfect Koranic society.
(b) The Iranian leaders see the country's past as an example for other societies.
(c) The past is irrelevant to the leaders who want to establish a perfect Koranic society.
(d) Iran's past is used as a foundation for the development of a more modern society.

4. Why is it so difficult to find a copy of "Lolita" in Tehran?
(a) The bookstores are unable to order books with female characters.
(b) Students prefer to read from photocopies, not books.
(c) The bookstores are closed.
(d) The book has been banned.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 15, how does the study group define a villain?

3. Why does Nafisi see a parallel between Humbert and contemporary Iranian society?

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

5. Why does Nafisi's acquaintance refuse to meet with her students?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Nafisi describe the three types of women portrayed in "A Thousand and One Nights"?

6. Why is it difficult to find a copy of "Lolita" in Tehran?

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

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

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

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

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