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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Why does Nafisi include the scene from "Invitation to a Beheading" in Chapter 22?
(a) She is making the point that all governments are corrupt.
(b) It illustrates the way totalitarian governments force victims to participate in crimes against themselves.
(c) Nafisi believes that scene shows how her students will be mistreated if they are thrown in jail.
(d) The scene was just studied in Nafisi's study group.
2. Why does Nafisi form a friendship with Jeff?
(a) They are both actively demonstrating against the Iranian government.
(b) They both enjoy having a friend who speaks English and has memories of America.
(c) Jeff is one of her best students, and they enjoy discussing literature together.
(d) Because her relationship with her husband is strained, and she is lonely.
3. Who is Mike Gold?
(a) Nafisi's first husband and a leader in the Iranian Revolution.
(b) The chair of the English Department at the University of Tehran.
(c) Nafisi's first literature student at the University of Tehran.
(d) The editor of a radical literary journal and the subject of Nafisi's dissertation.
4. In Part 4, Chapter 12, where do Nafisi and her husband go?
(a) To a concert.
(b) To a cafe.
(c) To the movies.
(d) To a lecture by a famous author.
5. What does Nafisi describe as "the most unforgivable crime in fiction"?
(a) Sexual immorality.
(b) Use of a flawed heroine.
(d) Absence of beauty.
6. What causes the Iranian regime to temporarily relax the strict enforcement of their policies?
(a) Iraq's continued bombing of Iran's major cities.
(b) The death of the Iranian president.
(c) Opposition from members of Iranian society.
(d) Pressure from Western countries.
7. Who is Mrs. Rezvan?
(a) A colleague of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to return to teaching.
(b) The mother of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to start a study group.
(c) The wife of one of Nafisi's former students.
(d) One of Nafisi's former students.
8. In Part 3, Chapter 14, what author does Mr. Ghoni use to indirectly question Nafisi?
(a) Mark Twain.
(b) Henry James.
(c) Vladimir Nabokov.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
9. What is the relationship between Nafisi and her first husband?
(a) They enjoy a good relationship until Nafisi begins demonstrating in support of the Iranian government.
(b) He teaches her how to become a demonstrator and serves as her first mentor.
(c) They clash over appropriate ways for women to behave and ultimately divorce.
(d) She learns from him how to become a traditional Iranian wife.
10. Why does Nafisi say the dream in "The Great Gatsby" is not a comment on America as a materialistic county?
(a) Because "The Great Gatsby" is about wanting to be richer than your neighbors.
(b) The dream represents Nick's inability to be honest as a narrator.
(c) Because the dream is about what one can become, not about money.
(d) Because the novel does not include any rich characters.
11. What does the study group find disturbing about the texts written by the Ayatollah Khomeini?
(a) Nassrin had read them and was talking about their contents publicly.
(b) The texts are taken seriously by rulers of the country, even though they are absurd.
(c) The texts contain blasphemy, which is against the laws of morality.
(d) Manna knew they had been translated.
12. What does Nafisi teach during her first semester as a professor at the University of Tehran?
(a) A large seminar using banned books.
(b) Classes in English as a Second Language.
(c) A large seminar called Research.
(d) A small study group related to the works of Nabokov.
13. What does Nafisi notice is missing from the walls at the university?
(a) Notices about films, talks, and books.
(b) Political slogans.
(c) Notices about proper conduct and attire.
(d) Pictures of political leaders.
14. In Part 2, Chapter 12, why does Nafisi decide to cancel class?
(a) So she can demonstrate against the government taking over the university.
(b) So she can have more time to read books.
(c) Because her students are not coming to class, and she doesn't want to teach to an empty room.
(d) So she can go to a meeting to protest the government's requirement that women wear a veil in public.
15. In Part 2, Chapter 23, what are Mr. Nyazi and another student arguing about?
(a) The morality of "The Great Gatsby."
(b) Whether or not Nafisi should be expelled from the university.
(c) Whether or not the government intends to close down the universities.
(d) The value of teaching "The Great Gatsby" in an Islamic society.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Yassi walk faster then suddenly stop when she is out with a gentleman caller?
2. What happens to Nassrin after she leaves Iran?
3. Who delays Nafisi's expulsion from the university?
4. In Part 3, Chapter 14, which former student comes to see Nafisi?
5. In Part 4, Chapter 1, what does Sanaz announce she is going to do?
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