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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Azin is described as having what noticeable characteristic?
(a) Long, thick brown hair.
(b) Red, pouty lips.
(c) A bright blue head scarf.
(d) Bright red fingernail polish.

2. Why do the students begin to keep vigils at the University of Tehran?
(a) They are protesting the expulsion of their favorite professors.
(b) To encourage the government to close down the university.
(c) To prevent the university from being closed down by the government.
(d) They are tired of going to class and want to be part of the Revolution.

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

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

5. What is Hizbollah?
(a) The name of a radical student organization at the University of Tehran.
(b) A group of radical Muslims who murdered the Ayatollah Taleghani.
(c) The title of a religious tract that all Iranians must follow according to the regime leaders.
(d) A religious group also known as the Party of Allah, who are determined to put God's laws into practice on earth.

6. What happens to Nassrin after she leaves Iran?
(a) She returns to Iran because she misses her family.
(b) She travels to America.
(c) She stays in contact with Nafisi.
(d) She arrives safely in England.

7. In Part 3, Chapter 13, what does Nafisi get on the first day she begins teaching?
(a) A cup of coffee from her mother.
(b) A visit from the religious leaders.
(c) An obscene message.
(d) A bouquet of flowers.

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

9. Who is Mike Gold?
(a) The chair of the English Department at the University of Tehran.
(b) Nafisi's first husband and a leader in the Iranian Revolution.
(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.

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

11. 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 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 invasion of Iran by Iraq.

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

13. What does Nafisi do with help from Mr. Forsati?
(a) Create a series of photographs that capture life in Tehran.
(b) Organize a series of cultural programs for the university.
(c) Form a study group with male students.
(d) Organize a series of lectures by prominent European authors.

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

15. In Part 2, Chapter 14, what do the police do to the women at the protest meeting?
(a) The police protect the women who come to protest.
(b) The police push the women with the butts of their guns, and order them to go home.
(c) The police arrest the women and take them all to jail.
(d) The police stand off to one side and watch the event without participating.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Nafisi's generation different from that of her students?

2. What does Nafisi describe as "the most unforgivable crime in fiction"?

3. How does the class study of "The Great Gatsby" affect Nafisi?

4. In the epilogue, Nafisi makes an allusion to which novel?

5. Why does Professor R. continue to participate in vigils at the University of Tehran after he resigns from his position?

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