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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Nafisi describe as "the most unforgivable crime in fiction"?
(a) Use of a flawed heroine.
(b) Absence of beauty.
(c) Blindness.
(d) Sexual immorality.

2. Why is Nafisi uncomfortable with Mr. Bahir's action at the end of Part 2, Chapter 6?
(a) His action forces her to report him to the police.
(b) By placing his hands behind his back, he negates her gesture of goodwill.
(c) She does not wish to shake hands with a student.
(d) She does not know him well and his presence feels threatening.

3. Who does Nafisi agree not to contact after she leaves Iran?
(a) The University of Tehran.
(b) Nassrin.
(c) The magician.
(d) Manna.

4. Who are the Mujahedeen?
(a) The leaders of the University of Tehran.
(b) The members of a radical student organization at the University of Tehran.
(c) A radical religious organization that claims to be the spiritual and political heir of the deceased Ayatollah Taleghani.
(d) A group called the Party of Allah.

5. What subject do both Mike Gold and F. Scott Fitzgerald write about?
(a) Dreams, specifically the American Dream.
(b) The value in being poor.
(c) Loss, specifically the loss of innocence.
(d) The morality of the wealthy.

6. In Part 4, Chapter 12, where do Nafisi and her husband go?
(a) To a concert.
(b) To a cafe.
(c) To a lecture by a famous author.
(d) To the movies.

7. What question does Nafisi ask at the beginning of her first class at the University of Tehran?
(a) Why is it important to get a college education?
(b) Why do you believe there will be a cultural revolution?
(c) Why should anyone read fiction?
(d) What did you think about the choice of books for this course?

8. Nafisi describes Austen as being most interested in depicting what?
(a) Love.
(b) Marriage.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Social class.

9. Who delays Nafisi's expulsion from the university?
(a) Dr. A.
(b) Mr. Bahir and some of Nafisi's former students.
(c) The Committee on the Cultural Revolution.
(d) Nafisi's secular colleagues.

10. Who does Nafisi believe is an example of a National Writer?
(a) She believes all writers are national writers, but no writer is a National Writer.
(b) She believes Nabokov is an example of a National Writer.
(c) She believes all writers are National Writers.
(d) She believes Mark Twain is an example of a National Writer.

11. What teaching technique does Nafisi use in conjunction with the study of "The Great Gatsby"?
(a) The class puts the novel on trial, choosing people to play the roles of lawyers, judge, and jury.
(b) She teaches the novel using the Socratic method, which the students have never seen before.
(c) Nafisi asks the students to construct character sketches of the novel's main characters and compare the sketches to their own lives.
(d) She chooses students to lead the class discussion.

12. What political event described at the beginning of Chapter 9 sets the tone for the subsequent actions of Nafisi's students?
(a) The overthrow of the leadership of the University of Tehran.
(b) The student occupation of the American Embassy in Tehran.
(c) The arrest of a popular professor for refusing to follow the regime's laws.
(d) The invasion of Iran by Iraq.

13. Why does Nafisi say that war was a blessing to some Iranians?
(a) War gave some Iranians a sense of community, purpose, and power.
(b) War allowed some Iranians to get rich quickly.
(c) War gave some Iranians a chance to kill people they disliked.
(d) War caused Iranians to return to their religious roots.

14. Why does Yassi walk faster then suddenly stop when she is out with a gentleman caller?
(a) She is surprised by the police who make her afraid, then she realizes that the gentleman will help protect her.
(b) She wants to see if he understands the game and would be a good match for her.
(c) She wants to avoid spending much time with the gentleman caller, then realizes that he is a good match.
(d) She is trying to escape the chaperones, but finally realizes it is useless.

15. Why does Nafisi state it is important to introduce her students to the works of Saul Bellow?
(a) Because Bellow presents Western society as not being decadent, and Nafisi believes her students need to see Western culture as not being decadent.
(b) Because she believes her students should read more American authors.
(c) Because Bellow provides an aesthetic counterpoint to the limitations of Austen's novels.
(d) Because Bellow shows the problems and fears of the West, and Nafisi believes her students look at the West uncritically.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Nafisi notice is missing from the walls at the university?

2. What happens to Nassrin after she leaves Iran?

3. What does Nafisi emphasize in the introductory course she teaches in Part 3?

4. What right does Nafisi fantasize about being added to the Bill of Rights?

5. In Part 3, Chapter 19, where does Nafisi go?

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