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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) The leaders of the University of Tehran.
(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) A group called the Party of Allah.

2. According to Zarrin, when is a novel moral?
(a) When the reader is able to relate to the moral choices of the characters.
(b) When the government approves of the content.
(c) When the characters conform to moral laws and values.
(d) When it makes the reader confront the absolutes in his or her belief system.

3. 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) The girls can remove their head scarves if they sit in the back room.
(c) Unaccompanied women are not allowed to sit in the main section.
(d) Only men are permitted in the main section.

4. Why does Nafisi collect pictures of martyrs during the war?
(a) She knows many of the people who are killed and wants to have a reminder of their lives.
(b) She sees the war as a sign that she should become more religious.
(c) They are evidence that the government has committed war crimes.
(d) It is a superstitious action, a way to deal with forces outside her control.

5. How is Mr. Nahvi like Jane Austen's character Elizabeth Bennet?
(a) Both are obsessed with finding fault with things and people they dislike.
(b) Both are able to express their love in acceptable fashion.
(c) Both are members of the ruling class of society.
(d) Both are popular with their peers.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Nafisi feel when she hears the announcement that Iraq has attacked Iran?

2. Who does Nafisi agree not to contact after she leaves Iran?

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

4. What question does Nafisi ask at the beginning of her first class at the University of Tehran?

5. What is the relationship between Nafisi and her first husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the magician tell Nafisi to stop blaming the Islamic Republic for all her problems?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does a university staff member describe the Ayatollah's funeral as an event?

10. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

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