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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. According to Nafisi, how is the character of Lolita like Nafisi's students?
(a) Lolita and Nafisi's students are props in someone else's quest to find the perfect image.
(b) Lolita and Nafisi's students both exhibit characteristics of heroism in dealing with their past.
(c) Lolita and Nafisi's students are both stuck in the past, unable to accept present conditions.
(d) Lolita and Nafisi's students are perfect images of the ideal woman in a totalitarian regime.

2. What would happen if the "Blood of God" militia saw a girl with nail polish or a strand of loose hair?
(a) The girl would be escorted home, where her family would forbid her to go out of the house unescorted.
(b) The girl would be beheaded as an example of an evil woman.
(c) The militia would not permit the girl to continue studying literature.
(d) The girl would be punished and humiliated for violating laws.

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

4. In "Lolita," how does Humbert attempt to gain the reader's sympathy?
(a) By always talking in the first person.
(b) By making Lolita seem highly desirable.
(c) By blaming himself for all of Lolita's problems.
(d) By making Lolita seem undesirable.

5. How does Nafisi select her students for the small study group?
(a) She chooses students who can afford to pay her on a regular basis.
(b) She chooses students who are loners or outsiders.
(c) She chooses students who dislike the liberal qualities of the university.
(d) She chooses students who earn good grades in all their classes.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Where are Nafisi's children when Chapter 19 begins?

4. Why is Nafisi nervous about the intruders being in her house?

5. What are the biggest threats to an idealized vision of an individual or a country?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the similarity between Lolita's past and the past of Nafisi's students?

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

3. What factors cause Nafisi to resign from her position at the university?

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

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

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

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

8. According to Vera Nabokov, what is the beauty in "Lolita" and why is it missed by critics?

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

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

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