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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 2, Chapter 14, what do the police do to the women at the protest meeting?
(a) The police push the women with the butts of their guns, and order them to go home.
(b) The police arrest the women and take them all to jail.
(c) The police stand off to one side and watch the event without participating.
(d) The police protect the women who come to protest.
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 it makes the reader confront the absolutes in his or her belief system.
(c) When the characters conform to moral laws and values.
(d) When the government approves of the content.
3. What game does Nafisi play when she begins wearing a black robe?
(a) She pretends that nothing has changed, and she is not wearing a robe.
(b) She pretends her whole body disappears, and she becomes invisible.
(c) She pretends she is a religious leader and has additional authority.
(d) She pretends that everyone can see her as a human being.
4. In Part 4, Chapter 1, what does Sanaz announce she is going to do?
(a) Stop coming to the study club.
(b) Become a teacher.
(c) Go to Turkey and see a man.
(d) Go to America and enroll in a university.
5. What causes the Iranian regime to temporarily relax the strict enforcement of their policies?
(a) Pressure from Western countries.
(b) Iraq's continued bombing of Iran's major cities.
(c) The death of the Iranian president.
(d) Opposition from members of Iranian society.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Nafisi include the scene from "Invitation to a Beheading" in Chapter 22?
2. Why does Nafisi say that war was a blessing to some Iranians?
3. Why does Nafisi form a friendship with Jeff?
4. What is the relationship between Nafisi and her first husband?
5. What happens to Nassrin after she leaves Iran?
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. Nafisi first mentions the magician in Part 1, Chapter 10. Why does she wait until Part 2, Chapter 20, to describe him more fully?
3. What kind of man is Mr. Bahri?
4. 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?
5. Why does Nafisi add an epilogue to the end of the memoir?
6. What does the Islamist Iranian regime have in common with the theme of Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby"?
7. Why does a university staff member describe the Ayatollah's funeral as an event?
8. In Part 3, Chapter 14, why does Nafisi describe her students in such detail?
9. What does Nafisi do during her early years as a professor at the University of Tehran?
10. Why does the magician tell Nafisi to stop blaming the Islamic Republic for all her problems?
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