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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. What does Nafisi describe as "the most unforgivable crime in fiction"?
(a) Absence of beauty.
(b) Blindness.
(c) Sexual immorality.
(d) Use of a flawed heroine.

2. Why does Nafisi state it is important to introduce her students to the works of Saul Bellow?
(a) Because Bellow presents Western society as not being decadent, and Nafisi believes her students need to see Western culture as not being decadent.
(b) Because she believes her students should read more American authors.
(c) Because Bellow shows the problems and fears of the West, and Nafisi believes her students look at the West uncritically.
(d) Because Bellow provides an aesthetic counterpoint to the limitations of Austen's novels.

3. Who delays Nafisi's expulsion from the university?
(a) Nafisi's secular colleagues.
(b) The Committee on the Cultural Revolution.
(c) Mr. Bahir and some of Nafisi's former students.
(d) Dr. A.

4. What gift does Nafisi give to the magician?
(a) A bottle of homemade wine.
(b) A pair of scissors shaped like a rooster.
(c) A box of foreign chocolates.
(d) A book written in English.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Manna compare her fictional self?

2. What does Nyazi consider to be a positive aspect of "The Great Gatsby"?

3. In Part 2, Chapter 12, why does Nafisi decide to cancel class?

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

5. According to Zarrin, when is a novel moral?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does it mean to be complicit in one's own crimes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Nafisi do during her time as a member of the Iranian Student Movement?

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