Persepolis: the Story of a Childhood Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Ashraf Darvishian from?

2. How does Satrapi’s father characterize Mohammad Reza Pahlavi?

3. Why was Satrapi’s father nearly arrested?

4. What cause did the people finally get to celebrate?

5. What was Satrapi’s grandfather’s role in the Iranian government?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Satrapi’s family’s connection to the revolution?

2. What kind of future does Satrapi expect for herself, at the beginning of Persepolis?

3. Describe the events that led up the Shah’s fall.

4. What did Satrapi learn from Ashraf Darvishian?

5. What trouble does Satrapi’s relationship with Mehri cause?

6. Why is Satrapi disappointed with her father?

7. Describe Satrapi’s experience of her first protest.

8. Why does Satrapi say she wanted to write Persepolis?

9. What traumatic experience does Satrapi’s mother have?

10. What is Satrapi’s relationship with Mehri?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Use this book as a meditation on the value of a five-star rating system. Is a five-star system sufficient to a book like this? Would you need to have sub-topics for the rating system, for plot, characterization, language, etc? What other sub-topics would you need? What value or importance gets lost in a five-star scale? Design a scale that would be better for this book.

Essay Topic 2

Write an evaluative review of Persepolis. What is this book’s place in culture? What are its uses? What are its limitations?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways is Persepolis relevant to contemporary readers? What contemporary issues are in play in the book, and how would the book contribute to contemporary discussion? Cite specific discussions from contemporary sources, and cite specific instances from the book, that describe its contemporary relevance.

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