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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Nafisi describe as "the most unforgivable crime in fiction"?
(a) Blindness.
(b) Sexual immorality.
(c) Use of a flawed heroine.
(d) Absence of beauty.

2. Which character is the main subject of Part 3, Chapter 27?
(a) Manna.
(b) The Kid.
(c) Yassrin.
(d) Mahtab.

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

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

5. Who is Mrs. Rezvan?
(a) A colleague of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to return to teaching.
(b) The mother of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to start a study group.
(c) The wife of one of Nafisi's former students.
(d) One of Nafisi's former students.

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

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) A person who has every advantage, yet fails to complete simple tasks.
(d) An individual who never tries to fulfill his or her potential.

8. What does the study group find disturbing about the texts written by the Ayatollah Khomeini?
(a) Manna knew they had been translated.
(b) The texts are taken seriously by rulers of the country, even though they are absurd.
(c) The texts contain blasphemy, which is against the laws of morality.
(d) Nassrin had read them and was talking about their contents publicly.

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

10. 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) Unaccompanied women are not allowed to sit in the main section.
(c) The girls can remove their head scarves if they sit in the back room.
(d) The cafe is too small to accommodate the large group in the front.

11. What project is Nassrin working on?
(a) Translating Islamic texts into English.
(b) Translating English texts into Persian.
(c) Reading all the works of Islamic leaders.
(d) A thesis on the works of the Ayatollah Khomeini.

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

13. What does the magician tell Nafisi she should do to help her students survive?
(a) Help them find a good marriage.
(b) Help them leave Iran.
(c) Help them gain admission to an American college.
(d) Help them regain their imagination.

14. What does Nafisi notice is missing from the walls at the university?
(a) Pictures of political leaders.
(b) Notices about proper conduct and attire.
(c) Notices about films, talks, and books.
(d) Political slogans.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 3, Chapter 14, which former student comes to see Nafisi?

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

3. Who delays Nafisi's expulsion from the university?

4. What gift does Nafisi give to the magician?

5. What happens to Nassrin after she leaves Iran?

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