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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. 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.

2. What does Nafisi teach during her first semester as a professor at the University of Tehran?
(a) A large seminar using banned books.
(b) Classes in English as a Second Language.
(c) A small study group related to the works of Nabokov.
(d) A large seminar called Research.

3. 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 popular with their peers.
(d) Both are obsessed with finding fault with things and people they dislike.

4. How is Nafisi's generation different from that of her students?
(a) Nafisi's generation dislike their past, while her students celebrate their past.
(b) Nafisi's generation had a past to compare to their present, while her students have no past.
(c) Nafisi's generation like the events of their past, while her students dislike their past.
(d) Nafisi's generation had no past, while her students have no future.

5. What does the magician tell Nafisi she should do to help her students survive?
(a) Help them find a good marriage.
(b) Help them gain admission to an American college.
(c) Help them regain their imagination.
(d) Help them leave Iran.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Nafisi collect pictures of martyrs during the war?

2. Who is Ramin?

3. What is the question Nafisi asks of all married couples?

4. What gift does Mrs. Rezvan give Nafisi?

5. According to Zarrin, when is a novel moral?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nafisi mean by her statement that she "left Iran, but Iran did not leave me?"

2. Nafisi first mentions the magician in Part 1, Chapter 10. Why does she wait until Part 2, Chapter 20, to describe him more fully?

3. How does Nafisi react to the increase in protests, demonstrations, and violence associated with the revolution?

4. What does the Islamist Iranian regime have in common with the theme of Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby"?

5. 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?

6. What are the similarities between the lives of the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and the lives of Nafisi's students?

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

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

9. Why does Nafisi add an epilogue to the end of the memoir?

10. Part 2, Chapter 11 begins with a quote from Mike Gold, "Art is useful as bread." How is this quote related to the rest of the chapter and to previous incidents in Nafisi's text?

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