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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What causes the Iranian regime to temporarily relax the strict enforcement of their policies?
(a) Pressure from Western countries.
(b) The death of the Iranian president.
(c) Opposition from members of Iranian society.
(d) Iraq's continued bombing of Iran's major cities.

4. What activity does Nafisi do with her students to help them understand the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"?
(a) She asks them to write descriptions of the main characters.
(b) She takes them to a cafe.
(c) She dances with them.
(d) She puts the main character on trial.

5. How does Nafisi feel when she hears the announcement that Iraq has attacked Iran?
(a) Ambivalent, both angry and full of love and desire to protect her home country.
(b) Unhappy, because she realizes what war will do to her friends and family.
(c) Nervous, because she is afraid that she will be killed during the impending war.
(d) Relieved that someone will finally help end the political situation in her home country.

6. Why does Nafisi form a friendship with Jeff?
(a) Jeff is one of her best students, and they enjoy discussing literature together.
(b) Because her relationship with her husband is strained, and she is lonely.
(c) They are both actively demonstrating against the Iranian government.
(d) They both enjoy having a friend who speaks English and has memories of America.

7. Why does Nafisi collect pictures of martyrs during the war?
(a) They are evidence that the government has committed war crimes.
(b) She knows many of the people who are killed and wants to have a reminder of their lives.
(c) It is a superstitious action, a way to deal with forces outside her control.
(d) She sees the war as a sign that she should become more religious.

8. What is Nafisi feeling when the classroom trial of "The Great Gatsby" ends?
(a) A sense of loss and mourning.
(b) Sadness because the students began fighting.
(c) A sense of anticipation for the next novel.
(d) Exhilaration about the engagement of the students.

9. 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 arrest of a popular professor for refusing to follow the regime's laws.
(c) The student occupation of the American Embassy in Tehran.
(d) The overthrow of the leadership of the University of Tehran.

10. What gift does Nafisi give to the magician?
(a) A box of foreign chocolates.
(b) A book written in English.
(c) A pair of scissors shaped like a rooster.
(d) A bottle of homemade wine.

11. In Part 2, Chapter 15, what does Dr. A. do that causes a student to honor him many years later?
(a) He writes a pamphlet criticizing the Iranian government, which causes students to develop independent newsletters.
(b) He resigns his position at the university to protest changes in the curriculum.
(c) He testifies in Revolutionary Court in favor of a former student, which is a dangerous action.
(d) He teaches a class on drama and film that is the most popular class on campus.

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

13. 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 exiled to America and other Western cultures.
(d) They are only allowed to write in Persian.

14. Who is Mr. Bahir?
(a) The department chair of the Language Department at the University of Tehran.
(b) The owner of her favorite bookstore.
(c) One of Nafisi's students.
(d) A man executed for charges of being too Westernized.

15. What is Nafisi's occupation after she leaves Iran?
(a) She is an Iranian travel guide.
(b) She is a mentor for Iranian graduate students.
(c) She is a demonstrator against the Iranian regime.
(d) She is a teacher and writer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Nafisi include a chapter on "Washington Square"?

2. How does Mr. Bahir become president of the Muslim Students' Association at the University of Tehran?

3. Whose death is announced in Part 3, Chapter 33?

4. What happens to Nassrin after she leaves Iran?

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

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