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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 does Nafisi describe as "the most unforgivable crime in fiction"?
(a) Sexual immorality.
(b) Use of a flawed heroine.
(c) Absence of beauty.
(d) Blindness.

2. What is Nafisi's occupation after she leaves Iran?
(a) She is a teacher and writer.
(b) She is a mentor for Iranian graduate students.
(c) She is a demonstrator against the Iranian regime.
(d) She is an Iranian travel guide.

3. What is the relationship between Nafisi and her first husband?
(a) She learns from him how to become a traditional Iranian wife.
(b) They enjoy a good relationship until Nafisi begins demonstrating in support of the Iranian government.
(c) He teaches her how to become a demonstrator and serves as her first mentor.
(d) They clash over appropriate ways for women to behave and ultimately divorce.

4. Why does Nafisi say the dream in "The Great Gatsby" is not a comment on America as a materialistic county?
(a) Because the novel does not include any rich characters.
(b) Because "The Great Gatsby" is about wanting to be richer than your neighbors.
(c) Because the dream is about what one can become, not about money.
(d) The dream represents Nick's inability to be honest as a narrator.

5. What project is Nassrin working on?
(a) A thesis on the works of the Ayatollah Khomeini.
(b) Translating Islamic texts into English.
(c) Translating English texts into Persian.
(d) Reading all the works of Islamic leaders.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What teaching technique does Nafisi use in conjunction with the study of "The Great Gatsby"?

3. What does Nyazi consider to be a positive aspect of "The Great Gatsby"?

4. Why does Nafisi form a friendship with Jeff?

5. What gift does Mrs. Rezvan give Nafisi?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What kind of man is Mr. Bahri?

5. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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