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

2. What political event described at the beginning of Chapter 9 sets the tone for the subsequent actions of Nafisi's students?
(a) The student occupation of the American Embassy in Tehran.
(b) The arrest of a popular professor for refusing to follow the regime's laws.
(c) The overthrow of the leadership of the University of Tehran.
(d) The invasion of Iran by Iraq.

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

4. What is the Dear Jane Society?
(a) The nickname for Nafisi's students who love Jane Austen.
(b) The nickname for Nafisi's study name.
(c) A group of Nafisi's students who have broken up with their boyfriends.
(d) A secret society Nafisi's students never actually form.

5. 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 change ideas about relationships between individuals.
(d) The ways novels present women in Western culture.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Nafisi include a chapter on "Washington Square"?

2. What does the magician tell Nafisi she should do to help her students survive?

3. To what does Manna compare her fictional self?

4. Who is Dr. Shahpour Bakhtiar?

5. What does Mr. Forsati want to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 3, Chapter 14, why does Nafisi describe her students in such detail?

2. What is the impact of Iran's war with Iraq?

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

4. What does Nafisi do during her early years as a professor at the University of Tehran?

5. Why does Nafisi call Catherine in "Washington Square" the inverse of our ideas about what a heroine should be?

6. Why does the magician tell Nafisi she should return to teaching?

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

8. What are the similarities between Sanaz's experience in jail and the experience of Cincinnatus in "Invitation to a Beheading"? What are the differences between their experiences?

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

10. Why does Nafisi focus on Azin's painted fingernails?

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