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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Mike Gold?
(a) Nafisi's first literature student at the University of Tehran.
(b) Nafisi's first husband and a leader in the Iranian Revolution.
(c) The editor of a radical literary journal and the subject of Nafisi's dissertation.
(d) The chair of the English Department at the University of Tehran.

2. In Part 3, Chapter 3, what do Laleh and Nafisi discuss at the restaurant?
(a) Nafisi's expulsion from the University of Tehran.
(b) The actions of the Committee on Cultural Revolution.
(c) Laleh's expulsion from the University of Tehran.
(d) Laleh's decision to become a seamstress.

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

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

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

6. How does Nafisi describe the Iranian perception of America?
(a) As mythical, combining elements of Satan and Paradise Lost.
(b) As sad, forcing her to change her way of thinking.
(c) As encouraging, signalling their renewed interest in Western thought.
(d) As realistic, exposing the immorality of Western culture.

7. Who does Nafisi meet with in Part 3, Chapter 10?
(a) The magician.
(b) Local religious leaders.
(c) Officials at a local university.
(d) Her study group.

8. Who is Dr. Shahpour Bakhtiar?
(a) An Iranian intellectual who escaped to Iraq to avoid jail.
(b) A nationalist leader who became prime minister in 1979.
(c) One of Nafisi's students.
(d) Nafisi's colleague at the University of Tehran.

9. Why does the government first enforce the requirement that women remain covered in workplaces and shops?
(a) Because there is no way to enforce the requirement at the university.
(b) Because women object to the law, and the government wants to reinforce its authority.
(c) Because women are already wearing the chador at home.
(d) Because the shop owners are uncomfortable serving women who are not covered.

10. What happens to Iranian writers and publishers during the mid-nineties?
(a) They are forbidden from publishing their works.
(b) They are interrogated, expelled, and sometimes killed.
(c) They are only allowed to write in Persian.
(d) They are exiled to America and other Western cultures.

11. What gift does Mrs. Rezvan give Nafisi?
(a) A book of her original poetry.
(b) A new head scarf.
(c) Two photographs of Nafisi's students.
(d) Three hair clips to keep her head scarf in place.

12. In Part 4, Chapter 20, what does Nassrin decide to do?
(a) Go to London to live with her sister.
(b) Get divorced.
(c) Get married.
(d) Stay in Iran.

13. Who is Mrs. Rezvan?
(a) The wife of one of Nafisi's former students.
(b) The mother of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to start a study group.
(c) A colleague of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to return to teaching.
(d) One of Nafisi's former students.

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

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 shows the problems and fears of the West, and Nafisi believes her students look at the West uncritically.
(d) Because Bellow provides an aesthetic counterpoint to the limitations of Austen's novels.

Short Answer Questions

1. What activity does Nafisi do with her students to help them understand the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"?

2. What question does Nafisi ask at the beginning of her first class at the University of Tehran?

3. What gift does Nafisi give to the magician?

4. Where is the narrator at the beginning of the first chapter in Part II?

5. Who delays Nafisi's expulsion from the university?

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