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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 structure the first class sessions?
(a) Like a lecture class, with the students taking notes on Nafisi's lectures.
(b) With students reading "revolutionary" authors and discussing the parallels to contemporary society.
(c) With the students leading discussion and choosing what to read.
(d) Like a traditional literature class, with Nafisi asking questions and leading discussions.

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

3. Why did Nabokov say that every great novel is a fairy tale?
(a) Because all good novelists begin to write after reading fairy tales.
(b) Even though fairy tales have monsters, good ultimately wins over evil.
(c) Fairy tales and novels both demonstrate the beauty of the natural world.
(d) All novels are stories with imaginary characters like fairy tales.

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

5. What causes Manna and Nima to fall in love?
(a) They share a passion for the revolutionary cause.
(b) They share a common passion for literature.
(c) They see parallels between their lives and the lives of Humbert and Lolita.
(d) They are in the same literature study group.

Short Answer Questions

1. What scene opens Chapter 12?

2. What does Nafisi describe as the crux of the problem in "Lolita"?

3. Why is Negar upset?

4. What is Nafisi doing at the beginning of Chapter 11?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Nafisi consider Humbert to be a seducer of the readers of "Lolita"?

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

7. What is the significance of the green gate Nafisi mentions in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

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