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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who does Nafisi consider to be the "real protagonists" in her class?
(a) The members of the Muslim Student Association.
(b) The novels that are read.
(c) Outsiders, including former students, who come because of their commitment to literature.
(d) The young women who register for the course.

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

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

10. Why does Nafisi include a chapter on "Washington Square"?
(a) It is a symbol of the difficulties being faced by Nafisi's students.
(b) It is a book that reminds Nafisi of her childhood.
(c) It is a memorial to a former student who was executed.
(d) It is a statement about the importance of Henry James.

11. What happens to Sanaz when she is on vacation?
(a) She decides that she can no longer participate in the goals of the revolution.
(b) She is expelled from the university because she is in Nafisi's study group.
(c) She is kidnapped by her brother, who accuses her of being too Westernized.
(d) Revolutionary Guards search the house where she is staying and take her to jail for 48 hours.

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

13. How is Nafisi's generation different from that of her students?
(a) Nafisi's generation like the events of their past, while her students dislike their past.
(b) Nafisi's generation had no past, while her students have no future.
(c) Nafisi's generation had a past to compare to their present, while her students have no past.
(d) Nafisi's generation dislike their past, while her students celebrate their past.

14. 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 testifies in Revolutionary Court in favor of a former student, which is a dangerous action.
(c) He teaches a class on drama and film that is the most popular class on campus.
(d) He resigns his position at the university to protest changes in the curriculum.

15. In Part 4, Chapter 24, why do the girls have to sit in the back room of the restaurant?
(a) Only men are permitted in the main section.
(b) The cafe is too small to accommodate the large group in the front.
(c) Unaccompanied women are not allowed to sit in the main section.
(d) The girls can remove their head scarves if they sit in the back room.

Short Answer Questions

1. What gift does Mrs. Rezvan give Nafisi?

2. What do Nafisi and the magician share on their first meeting in his apartment?

3. How does Nafisi feel when she hears the announcement that Iraq has attacked Iran?

4. What political event described at the beginning of Chapter 9 sets the tone for the subsequent actions of Nafisi's students?

5. How does Nafisi describe the Iranian perception of America?

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