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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What subject do both Mike Gold and F. Scott Fitzgerald write about?
(a) The morality of the wealthy.
(b) The value in being poor.
(c) Dreams, specifically the American Dream.
(d) Loss, specifically the loss of innocence.

2. 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.

3. Nafisi describes Austen as being most interested in depicting what?
(a) Social class.
(b) Marriage.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Love.

4. According to Nafisi, how can one stop "dancing with the jailer"?
(a) Give in to the desires of the regime and follow the nation's laws.
(b) Find a way to preserve one's uniqueness and individuality despite opposition and persecution.
(c) Remember that life is cyclical, and this time will end soon.
(d) Become a part of the ruling party and end oppression.

5. 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.

6. Why does Nafisi say the dream in "The Great Gatsby" is not a comment on America as a materialistic county?
(a) The dream represents Nick's inability to be honest as a narrator.
(b) Because "The Great Gatsby" is about wanting to be richer than your neighbors.
(c) Because the novel does not include any rich characters.
(d) Because the dream is about what one can become, not about money.

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

8. 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.

9. In Part 3, Chapter 3, what do Laleh and Nafisi discuss at the restaurant?
(a) Laleh's decision to become a seamstress.
(b) Nafisi's expulsion from the University of Tehran.
(c) The actions of the Committee on Cultural Revolution.
(d) Laleh's expulsion from the University of Tehran.

10. How is Mr. Nahvi like Jane Austen's character Elizabeth Bennet?
(a) Both are able to express their love in acceptable fashion.
(b) Both are members of the ruling class of society.
(c) Both are obsessed with finding fault with things and people they dislike.
(d) Both are popular with their peers.

11. 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) Relieved that someone will finally help end the political situation in her home country.
(c) Unhappy, because she realizes what war will do to her friends and family.
(d) Nervous, because she is afraid that she will be killed during the impending war.

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

13. What happens to Iranian writers and publishers during the mid-nineties?
(a) They are exiled to America and other Western cultures.
(b) They are interrogated, expelled, and sometimes killed.
(c) They are forbidden from publishing their works.
(d) They are only allowed to write in Persian.

14. In Part 2, Chapter 12, why does Nafisi decide to cancel class?
(a) So she can have more time to read books.
(b) So she can demonstrate against the government taking over the university.
(c) So she can go to a meeting to protest the government's requirement that women wear a veil in public.
(d) Because her students are not coming to class, and she doesn't want to teach to an empty room.

15. Who delays Nafisi's expulsion from the university?
(a) Mr. Bahir and some of Nafisi's former students.
(b) Dr. A.
(c) The Committee on the Cultural Revolution.
(d) Nafisi's secular colleagues.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 3, Chapter 19, where does Nafisi go?

2. What does the study group find disturbing about the texts written by the Ayatollah Khomeini?

3. Who does Nafisi believe is an example of a National Writer?

4. Why does Nafisi state it is important to introduce her students to the works of Saul Bellow?

5. In Part 4, Chapter 20, what does Nassrin decide to do?

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