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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. According to Nafisi, how can one stop "dancing with the jailer"?
(a) Remember that life is cyclical, and this time will end soon.
(b) Become a part of the ruling party and end oppression.
(c) Find a way to preserve one's uniqueness and individuality despite opposition and persecution.
(d) Give in to the desires of the regime and follow the nation's laws.

2. 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) Nafisi asks the students to construct character sketches of the novel's main characters and compare the sketches to their own lives.
(c) She teaches the novel using the Socratic method, which the students have never seen before.
(d) She chooses students to lead the class discussion.

3. Who does Nafisi agree not to contact after she leaves Iran?
(a) The magician.
(b) Manna.
(c) Nassrin.
(d) The University of Tehran.

4. Where is the narrator at the beginning of the first chapter in Part II?
(a) In her apartment in Tehran.
(b) At the Tehran airport.
(c) At the University of Tehran.
(d) In graduate school in the United States.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Dear Jane Society?

2. What happens to Sanaz when she is on vacation?

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

4. In Part 3, Chapter 6, why does Nafisi join a group?

5. Why does Yassi walk faster then suddenly stop when she is out with a gentleman caller?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What kind of man is Mr. Bahri?

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

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

9. What does Nafisi mean when she says that the real day of the Ayatollah's death has not yet occurred?

10. Why is Nafisi conflicted about returning to full-time teaching?

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