1. Why does Nafisi refer to two photographs in the first chapter?
The pictures show the contrasting sides of her students, both their public and their private appearances. Nafisi refers to the pictures because they transport her back to another place and time. The images are used to prod her memory and help her set the scene for the book.
2. In Chapter 2, why does Nafisi describe the first meeting of the study group in present tense instead of past tense?
By using present tense, Nafisi is able to place herself back in the setting she is describing. She tells this part of the story as if she were reliving it. The use of a different verb tense helps the reader to hear Nafisi's own voice and feelings, in addition to hearing the information she is sharing.
3. What factors cause Nafisi to resign from her position at the university?
Nafisi resigns from her position at the university and cites several factors that caused her to do so. The university had been declining in quality, and there was indifference among the faculty and students. However, the most significant reason may have been the daily struggle she faced against arbitrary rules and regulations set by the totalitarian regime.
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