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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. According to Nafisi, how can one stop "dancing with the jailer"?
(a) Find a way to preserve one's uniqueness and individuality despite opposition and persecution.
(b) Give in to the desires of the regime and follow the nation's laws.
(c) Remember that life is cyclical, and this time will end soon.
(d) Become a part of the ruling party and end oppression.
2. Why does Nafisi say the dream in "The Great Gatsby" is not a comment on America as a materialistic county?
(a) Because "The Great Gatsby" is about wanting to be richer than your neighbors.
(b) The dream represents Nick's inability to be honest as a narrator.
(c) Because the novel does not include any rich characters.
(d) Because the dream is about what one can become, not about money.
3. To what does Manna compare her fictional self?
(a) A beautiful memory.
(b) A steady green light.
(c) A strong tree.
(d) A Rodin statue.
4. Who are the Mujahedeen?
(a) A radical religious organization that claims to be the spiritual and political heir of the deceased Ayatollah Taleghani.
(b) The leaders of the University of Tehran.
(c) The members of a radical student organization at the University of Tehran.
(d) A group called the Party of Allah.
5. Why does the government first enforce the requirement that women remain covered in workplaces and shops?
(a) Because there is no way to enforce the requirement at the university.
(b) Because women are already wearing the chador at home.
(c) Because the shop owners are uncomfortable serving women who are not covered.
(d) Because women object to the law, and the government wants to reinforce its authority.
6. Who does Nafisi consider to be the "real protagonists" in her class?
(a) The novels that are read.
(b) Outsiders, including former students, who come because of their commitment to literature.
(c) The young women who register for the course.
(d) The members of the Muslim Student Association.
7. What does Nafisi teach during her first semester as a professor at the University of Tehran?
(a) Classes in English as a Second Language.
(b) A large seminar using banned books.
(c) A small study group related to the works of Nabokov.
(d) A large seminar called Research.
8. 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) 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) It is a superstitious action, a way to deal with forces outside her control.
9. Why does Professor R. continue to participate in vigils at the University of Tehran after he resigns from his position?
(a) He believes that the university needed to know how strongly he felt about his actions.
(b) He wants his students to know he did not leave because he was afraid the government would persecute him.
(c) He wants his students to see him as a political figure and an inspiration for their own political choices.
(d) He is angry with the university's decision to change the curriculum, and wants to punish the leaders for their decision.
10. What subject do both Mike Gold and F. Scott Fitzgerald write about?
(a) Dreams, specifically the American Dream.
(b) Loss, specifically the loss of innocence.
(c) The value in being poor.
(d) The morality of the wealthy.
11. 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 wife of one of Nafisi's former students.
(c) The mother of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to start a study group.
(d) One of Nafisi's former students.
12. In Part 3, Chapter 14, what author does Mr. Ghoni use to indirectly question Nafisi?
(a) Henry James.
(b) Mark Twain.
(c) Vladimir Nabokov.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
13. What happens to Sanaz when she is on vacation?
(a) She is expelled from the university because she is in Nafisi's study group.
(b) She is kidnapped by her brother, who accuses her of being too Westernized.
(c) Revolutionary Guards search the house where she is staying and take her to jail for 48 hours.
(d) She decides that she can no longer participate in the goals of the revolution.
14. In Part 3, Chapter 14, which former student comes to see Nafisi?
(b) Mr. Bahri.
15. Who is Dr. Shahpour Bakhtiar?
(a) One of Nafisi's students.
(b) Nafisi's colleague at the University of Tehran.
(c) A nationalist leader who became prime minister in 1979.
(d) An Iranian intellectual who escaped to Iraq to avoid jail.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Part 4, Chapter 1, what does Sanaz announce she is going to do?
2. In Part 4, Chapter 20, what does Nassrin decide to do?
3. In Part 4, Chapter 12, where do Nafisi and her husband go?
4. In Part 2, Chapter 15, what does Dr. A. do that causes a student to honor him many years later?
5. What gift does Nafisi give to the magician?
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