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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

6. How does the class study of "The Great Gatsby" affect Nafisi?
(a) She becomes sad, because her students do not enjoy the novel.
(b) She gains insight into her feelings and desires about her work and the meaning of literature in her life.
(c) She learns that she is really an American, not an Iranian.
(d) She discovers that she loves teaching revolutionary novels.

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

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

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

10. Why does Nafisi form a friendship with Jeff?
(a) They both enjoy having a friend who speaks English and has memories of America.
(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 are both actively demonstrating against the Iranian government.

11. 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) The scene was just studied in Nafisi's study group.
(c) It illustrates the way totalitarian governments force victims to participate in crimes against themselves.
(d) She is making the point that all governments are corrupt.

12. What does Nafisi describe in the epilogue?
(a) Her journey to America.
(b) The memories of her former students who were executed.
(c) The activities of her former students after Nafisi left Iran.
(d) How she made the decision to leave Iran.

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

14. 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.

15. What right does Nafisi fantasize about being added to the Bill of Rights?
(a) The right to teach Western literature in Iran.
(b) The right to travel in and out of Iran without fear.
(c) The right to not wear a veil or head scarf.
(d) The right to free access to imagination.

Short Answer Questions

1. What project is Nassrin working on?

2. Why does the government first enforce the requirement that women remain covered in workplaces and shops?

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

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

5. According to Zarrin, when is a novel moral?

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