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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Part 4, Chapter 24, why do the girls have to sit in the back room of the restaurant?
(a) The cafe is too small to accommodate the large group in the front.
(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) Only men are permitted in the main section.

2. 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.

3. Who is Mike Gold?
(a) The chair of the English Department at the University of Tehran.
(b) The editor of a radical literary journal and the subject of Nafisi's dissertation.
(c) Nafisi's first husband and a leader in the Iranian Revolution.
(d) Nafisi's first literature student at the University of Tehran.

4. In Part 2, Chapter 24, why do the demonstrators move toward the hospital?
(a) The demonstrators are seriously injured by the police and need medical treatment.
(b) The hospital is at the top of a hill, so they can see the militia approaching from any direction.
(c) The bodies of the wounded and dead students are supposedly at the hospital, and demonstrators are concerned the police will transfer the bodies.
(d) Because the hospital is a neutral site, and they will be safe there.

5. What does Mr. Forsati want to do?
(a) Work as an official in the Iranian regime.
(b) Marry one of Nafisi's students.
(c) Write a novel about life in Iran.
(d) Start a company related to videos and films.

6. What activity does Nafisi do with her students to help them understand the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"?
(a) She asks them to write descriptions of the main characters.
(b) She puts the main character on trial.
(c) She takes them to a cafe.
(d) She dances with them.

7. In Part 3, Chapter 4, who asks to meet with Nafisi?
(a) The Committee on Cultural Revolution.
(b) Laleh.
(c) Mr. Bahir.
(d) Mr. Nyazi.

8. What teaching technique does Nafisi use in conjunction with the study of "The Great Gatsby"?
(a) The class puts the novel on trial, choosing people to play the roles of lawyers, judge, and jury.
(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) She teaches the novel using the Socratic method, which the students have never seen before.

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

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

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

12. Why does Nafisi say the dream in "The Great Gatsby" is not a comment on America as a materialistic county?
(a) Because the dream is about what one can become, not about money.
(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 Great Gatsby" is about wanting to be richer than your neighbors.

13. Why does Yassi walk faster then suddenly stop when she is out with a gentleman caller?
(a) She wants to avoid spending much time with the gentleman caller, then realizes that he is a good match.
(b) She is trying to escape the chaperones, but finally realizes it is useless.
(c) She is surprised by the police who make her afraid, then she realizes that the gentleman will help protect her.
(d) She wants to see if he understands the game and would be a good match for her.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What gift does Nafisi give to the magician?

2. Why does Nafisi include the scene from "Invitation to a Beheading" in Chapter 22?

3. Which character is the main subject of Part 3, Chapter 27?

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

5. What does Nyazi consider to be a positive aspect of "The Great Gatsby"?

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