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

2. In Chapter 9, what does Yassi ask Nafisi ?
(a) Yassi asks if she should go to America.
(b) Yassi asks if she should remain at the University of Tehran.
(c) Yassi asks if she can live with Nafisi.
(d) Yassi asks if she is like Lolita.

3. What does Nafisi share with her male acquaintance in Chapter 16?
(a) A ham sandwich.
(b) An ice cream cone.
(c) A dinner party.
(d) A car ride.

4. What does Nassrin's mother's teaching symbolize?
(a) An act of conformity to the prevailing government.
(b) A way of revisiting her childhood in a foreign country.
(c) A type of rebellion by an otherwise domesticated wife and mother.
(d) A method of learning to speak another language.

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

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 Yassi like Lolita?

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

4. What secret does Nassrin tell Nafisi?

5. How does Nafisi feel about revealing herself in class?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Part 1, Chapter 18, the room where the class meets becomes a character. How does Nafisi describe the room?

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

5. Why is there a difference between the students' level of comfort in talking about themselves and their level of comfort in discussing the novels?

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

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

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

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

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

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