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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 is Mrs. Rezvan?
(a) The wife of one of Nafisi's former students.
(b) A colleague of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to return to teaching.
(c) The mother of one of Nafisi's former students, who tries to get Nafisi to start a study group.
(d) One of Nafisi's former students.

2. How does Mr. Bahir become president of the Muslim Students' Association at the University of Tehran?
(a) He works his way up through patience and dedication.
(b) He creates the organization and names himself leader.
(c) He uses force to win the position.
(d) He makes persuasive speeches that draw attention to his leadership qualities.

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

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

5. What happens to Nassrin after she leaves Iran?
(a) She arrives safely in England.
(b) She travels to America.
(c) She stays in contact with Nafisi.
(d) She returns to Iran because she misses her family.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Mr. Nahvi like Jane Austen's character Elizabeth Bennet?

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

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

4. Azin is described as having what noticeable characteristic?

5. How is Nafisi's generation different from that of her students?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Nafisi refer to the concert she attends as a parody of the real thing?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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