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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Nafisi include the scene from "Invitation to a Beheading" in Chapter 22?
(a) Nafisi believes that scene shows how her students will be mistreated if they are thrown in jail.
(b) It illustrates the way totalitarian governments force victims to participate in crimes against themselves.
(c) The scene was just studied in Nafisi's study group.
(d) She is making the point that all governments are corrupt.

2. In Part 3, Chapter 14, which former student comes to see Nafisi?
(a) Nima.
(b) Mr. Bahri.
(c) Mahtab.
(d) Manna.

3. What is the Dear Jane Society?
(a) The nickname for Nafisi's students who love Jane Austen.
(b) The nickname for Nafisi's study name.
(c) A group of Nafisi's students who have broken up with their boyfriends.
(d) A secret society Nafisi's students never actually form.

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

5. In Part 3, Chapter 9, what author does Nafisi discuss with the magician?
(a) Nabokov.
(b) Hammett.
(c) Shakespeare.
(d) Twain.

6. 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) They clash over appropriate ways for women to behave and ultimately divorce.
(c) She learns from him how to become a traditional Iranian wife.
(d) He teaches her how to become a demonstrator and serves as her first mentor.

7. Why does Professor R. continue to participate in vigils at the University of Tehran after he resigns from his position?
(a) He is angry with the university's decision to change the curriculum, and wants to punish the leaders for their decision.
(b) He believes that the university needed to know how strongly he felt about his actions.
(c) He wants his students to know he did not leave because he was afraid the government would persecute him.
(d) He wants his students to see him as a political figure and an inspiration for their own political choices.

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

9. Whose death is announced in Part 3, Chapter 33?
(a) The death of Ayatollah Khomeini.
(b) The death of Nafisi's mother.
(c) The death of the magician.
(d) The death of Nafisi's former student.

10. What does Nyazi consider to be a positive aspect of "The Great Gatsby"?
(a) It provides a model of a good marriage relationship.
(b) It describes the way society should function.
(c) It exposes the immorality of American society.
(d) It presents the American Dream.

11. How does Part 3, Chapter 11 begin?
(a) With Nafisi standing in her apartment.
(b) With the announcement that accompanies air raid sirens.
(c) With a quote from "Daisy Miller."
(d) With a student talking in Nafisi's classroom.

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

13. What is a perfectly equipped failure?
(a) An individual who never tries to fulfill his or her potential.
(b) A person who has every advantage, yet fails to complete simple tasks.
(c) A person who consciously chooses their own failure to preserve their own sense of integrity.
(d) A person who gives up their own integrity, but fails to become a success.

14. In Part 3, Chapter 4, who asks to meet with Nafisi?
(a) Laleh.
(b) Mr. Bahir.
(c) Mr. Nyazi.
(d) The Committee on Cultural Revolution.

15. What does Nafisi teach during her first semester as a professor at the University of Tehran?
(a) Classes in English as a Second Language.
(b) A small study group related to the works of Nabokov.
(c) A large seminar called Research.
(d) A large seminar using banned books.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 2, Chapter 15, what does Dr. A. do that causes a student to honor him many years later?

2. What is Nafisi feeling when the classroom trial of "The Great Gatsby" ends?

3. Who is Dr. Shahpour Bakhtiar?

4. Why does Nafisi say the dream in "The Great Gatsby" is not a comment on America as a materialistic county?

5. Why does Nafisi collect pictures of martyrs during the war?

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