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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 does Nafisi consider to be the "real protagonists" in her class?
(a) Outsiders, including former students, who come because of their commitment to literature.
(b) The novels that are read.
(c) The members of the Muslim Student Association.
(d) The young women who register for the course.

2. What activity does Nafisi do with her students to help them understand the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"?
(a) She takes them to a cafe.
(b) She asks them to write descriptions of the main characters.
(c) She dances with them.
(d) She puts the main character on trial.

3. In Part 3, Chapter 4, who asks to meet with Nafisi?
(a) Laleh.
(b) Mr. Nyazi.
(c) The Committee on Cultural Revolution.
(d) Mr. Bahir.

4. Why does Professor R. continue to participate in vigils at the University of Tehran after he resigns from his position?
(a) He wants his students to know he did not leave because he was afraid the government would persecute him.
(b) He is angry with the university's decision to change the curriculum, and wants to punish the leaders for their decision.
(c) He wants his students to see him as a political figure and an inspiration for their own political choices.
(d) He believes that the university needed to know how strongly he felt about his actions.

5. In Part 2, Chapter 15, what does Dr. A. do that causes a student to honor him many years later?
(a) He resigns his position at the university to protest changes in the curriculum.
(b) He writes a pamphlet criticizing the Iranian government, which causes students to develop independent newsletters.
(c) He teaches a class on drama and film that is the most popular class on campus.
(d) He testifies in Revolutionary Court in favor of a former student, which is a dangerous action.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Mike Gold?

2. In Part 2, Chapter 14, what do the police do to the women at the protest meeting?

3. According to Nafisi, how can one stop "dancing with the jailer"?

4. Who does Nafisi meet with in Part 3, Chapter 10?

5. What is Mina's job?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What kind of man is Mr. Bahri?

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

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

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

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

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

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