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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Nafisi emphasize in the introductory course she teaches in Part 3?
(a) The ways novels emphasize religious and cultural values.
(b) The ways novels are similar to contemporary life.
(c) The ways novels present women in Western culture.
(d) The ways novels change ideas about relationships between individuals.

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

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

4. How does Nafisi feel when she hears the announcement that Iraq has attacked Iran?
(a) Relieved that someone will finally help end the political situation in her home country.
(b) Unhappy, because she realizes what war will do to her friends and family.
(c) Nervous, because she is afraid that she will be killed during the impending war.
(d) Ambivalent, both angry and full of love and desire to protect her home country.

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

6. Why does Professor R. continue to participate in vigils at the University of Tehran after he resigns from his position?
(a) He wants his students to know he did not leave because he was afraid the government would persecute him.
(b) He believes that the university needed to know how strongly he felt about his actions.
(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.

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

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

9. What question does Nafisi ask at the beginning of her first class at the University of Tehran?
(a) Why is it important to get a college education?
(b) Why do you believe there will be a cultural revolution?
(c) What did you think about the choice of books for this course?
(d) Why should anyone read fiction?

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

11. Who is Mrs. Rezvan?
(a) One of Nafisi's former students.
(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) A colleague of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to return to teaching.

12. How does Part 3, Chapter 11 begin?
(a) With a student talking in Nafisi's classroom.
(b) With Nafisi standing in her apartment.
(c) With a quote from "Daisy Miller."
(d) With the announcement that accompanies air raid sirens.

13. Who are the Mujahedeen?
(a) The leaders of the University of Tehran.
(b) A radical religious organization that claims to be the spiritual and political heir of the deceased Ayatollah Taleghani.
(c) A group called the Party of Allah.
(d) The members of a radical student organization at the University of Tehran.

14. What gift does Nafisi give to the magician?
(a) A box of foreign chocolates.
(b) A pair of scissors shaped like a rooster.
(c) A bottle of homemade wine.
(d) A book written in English.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose death is announced in Part 3, Chapter 33?

2. Where is the narrator at the beginning of the first chapter in Part II?

3. What is a perfectly equipped failure?

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

5. Who is Hojatol-Islam Ali Khamenei?

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