Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America Short Essay - Answer Key

Firoozeh Dumas
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1. Where did the narrator move when she was seven? How did her family feel about the move?

When Firoozeh Dumas was seven years old, she moved from Abadan, Iran, to Whittier, California, with her parents and fourteen-year-old brother, Farshid. Firoozeh's father, Kazem, had fallen in love with the kindness, freedom, and potential that America offered years before when he attended graduate school in Texas and California, where he earned advanced degrees in engineering.

2. Who did Firoozeh meet with before beginning school in the United States? What was the meeting like?

Firoozeh met with her teacher, Mrs. Sandberg, prior to beginning second grade at Leffingwell Elementary School. Accompanied by her father who spoke English and her mother who did not, Firoozeh displayed the only English she knew by reciting her colors. On the first few days of school, Firoozeh's mother, Nazireh, sat in with her in class.

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