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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 Nabokov's character Cincinnatus C. become a hero?
(a) By rescuing those who are falsely imprisoned.
(b) By fighting off his jailors.
(c) By giving in to the requirements of the government.
(d) By refusing to be like everyone else.

2. What are the biggest threats to an idealized vision of an individual or a country?
(a) The use of literature as a teaching tool.
(b) The memory of what was real in the past and a sense of imagination about future possibilities.
(c) Interactions between men and women.
(d) Goals for the present government.

3. What does Nassrin's mother teach her daughter?
(a) English.
(b) Arabic.
(c) French.
(d) German.

4. Where do the intruders to Nafisi's house go once they are in her house?
(a) To the kitchen.
(b) To the front balcony.
(c) Into the library.
(d) To the rear balcony.

5. What is the main reason for Nafisi's resignation from the University of Tehran?
(a) The governance of the University is arbitrary.
(b) She isn't able to do the type of scholarship the government required.
(c) The University of Tehran is too liberal.
(d) She wants to teach literature to smaller groups in private.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Mashid jailed?

2. Who demands entry into Nafisi's house?

3. Why does the male student have to meet with Nafisi separately?

4. Why are Nafisi's students like ghosts when they are walking through the streets of Tehran?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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