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

2. Who is Ramin?
(a) One of Nafisi's students who was executed.
(b) Mrs. Rezvan's son.
(c) The name of the Iranian president.
(d) Nassrin's boyfriend.

3. Whose death is announced in Part 3, Chapter 33?
(a) The death of the magician.
(b) The death of Nafisi's former student.
(c) The death of Ayatollah Khomeini.
(d) The death of Nafisi's mother.

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

5. To what does Manna compare her fictional self?
(a) A strong tree.
(b) A beautiful memory.
(c) A steady green light.
(d) A Rodin statue.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 4, Chapter 12, where do Nafisi and her husband go?

2. In Part 4, Chapter 1, what does Sanaz announce she is going to do?

3. What does Nafisi emphasize in the introductory course she teaches in Part 3?

4. Why does Nafisi state it is important to introduce her students to the works of Saul Bellow?

5. How does Mr. Bahir become president of the Muslim Students' Association at the University of Tehran?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Nafisi during her discussion with Mr. Bahri about wearing the veil?

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

5. 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?

6. What kind of man is Mr. Bahri?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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