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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. Why does Nafisi include a chapter on "Washington Square"?
(a) It is a book that reminds Nafisi of her childhood.
(b) It is a statement about the importance of Henry James.
(c) It is a memorial to a former student who was executed.
(d) It is a symbol of the difficulties being faced by Nafisi's students.

2. What happens to Sanaz when she is on vacation?
(a) She decides that she can no longer participate in the goals of the revolution.
(b) She is kidnapped by her brother, who accuses her of being too Westernized.
(c) She is expelled from the university because she is in Nafisi's study group.
(d) Revolutionary Guards search the house where she is staying and take her to jail for 48 hours.

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

4. Who is Mr. Bahir?
(a) A man executed for charges of being too Westernized.
(b) The owner of her favorite bookstore.
(c) One of Nafisi's students.
(d) The department chair of the Language Department at the University of Tehran.

5. Who is Hojatol-Islam Ali Khamenei?
(a) One of Nafisi's students.
(b) The president of the university.
(c) The magician.
(d) The successor to Ayatollah Khomeini.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Nafisi feeling when the classroom trial of "The Great Gatsby" ends?

2. What is the Dear Jane Society?

3. What project is Nassrin working on?

4. What causes the Iranian regime to temporarily relax the strict enforcement of their policies?

5. Why is Nafisi uncomfortable with Mr. Bahir's action at the end of Part 2, Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?

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

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

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

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

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

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