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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. Who was Nafisi's father?
(a) A famous author.
(b) A troubled businessman.
(c) The director of a high school in Switzerland.
(d) The youngest mayor of Tehran in pre-revolutionary Iran.

2. Why was Nafisi's father arrested?
(a) He was not a member of the religious community.
(b) He challenged the educational system.
(c) He lost a great deal of money and could not pay the bills.
(d) He ignored directions from those in higher levels of government.

3. What object does Nafisi refer to when she first describes the students in her study group?
(a) A photograph.
(b) Her apartment.
(c) Tehran.
(d) A veil.

4. What is the first work Nafisi and her students in the study group discuss?
(a) "A Thousand and One Nights."
(b) "Invitation to a Beheading."
(c) "Nabokov."
(d) "Lolita."

5. Why are Nafisi and her students in the room?
(a) To demonstrate control over their own lives.
(b) Because they have been confined by the religious patrols.
(c) To protect themselves from the reality outside.
(d) Because they have nowhere else to go.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why is Nabokov's "Invitation to a Beheading" the inspiration for Nafisi to form the study group?

3. What is the first assignment for the students in the study group?

4. What is the dream Nafisi and her students share?

5. How do the students get enough copies of "Lolita" to study?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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