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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the question Nafisi asks of all married couples?
(a) Did you fall in love?
(b) Why did you get married?
(c) Are you still in love?
(d) When did you fall in love?

2. 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) Become a part of the ruling party and end oppression.
(c) Remember that life is cyclical, and this time will end soon.
(d) Find a way to preserve one's uniqueness and individuality despite opposition and persecution.

3. 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 object to the law, and the government wants to reinforce its authority.
(c) Because women are already wearing the chador at home.
(d) Because the shop owners are uncomfortable serving women who are not covered.

4. In Part 4, Chapter 1, what does Sanaz announce she is going to do?
(a) Go to America and enroll in a university.
(b) Stop coming to the study club.
(c) Become a teacher.
(d) Go to Turkey and see a man.

5. Why does Nafisi say that war was a blessing to some Iranians?
(a) War gave some Iranians a sense of community, purpose, and power.
(b) War gave some Iranians a chance to kill people they disliked.
(c) War caused Iranians to return to their religious roots.
(d) War allowed some Iranians to get rich quickly.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the epilogue, Nafisi makes an allusion to which novel?

2. What does Mr. Forsati want to do?

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

4. In Part 2, Chapter 12, why does Nafisi decide to cancel class?

5. What happens to Iranian writers and publishers during the mid-nineties?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nafisi do during her time as a member of the Iranian Student Movement?

2. How are the contemporary events in Iran similar to the events that Nafisi describes in her classroom?

3. Why does Nafisi think teaching "The Great Gatsby" was the right choice for that time and place?

4. How are Mr. Ghoni's statements about "Daisy Miller" in Part 3, Chapter 15, similar to Mr. Nyazi's statements in Part 3, Chapters 17 and 18, about "The Great Gatsby"?

5. Why does Nafisi get upset with students in her class at Alzahrah University (Part 3, Chapter 25)?

6. What does it mean to be complicit in one's own crimes?

7. What does Nassrin mean when she talks about the "ordeal of freedom" in Part 4, Chapter 20?

8. Why does Nafisi refer to the concert she attends as a parody of the real thing?

9. How has Miss Ruhi changed since her introduction in Part 3, Chapter 14?

10. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

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