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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is Hojatol-Islam Ali Khamenei?
2. In Part 3, Chapter 3, what do Laleh and Nafisi discuss at the restaurant?
3. Who is Mike Gold?
4. According to Zarrin, when is a novel moral?
5. What is Nafisi's occupation after she leaves Iran?
Short Essay Questions
1. Nafisi first mentions the magician in Part 1, Chapter 10. Why does she wait until Part 2, Chapter 20, to describe him more fully?
2. Why does Nafisi focus on Azin's painted fingernails?
3. What does Nafisi do during her early years as a professor at the University of Tehran?
4. Why does Nafisi describe herself as becoming irrelevant?
5. What does Nafisi mean by her statement that she "left Iran, but Iran did not leave me?"
6. What does the Islamist Iranian regime have in common with the theme of Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby"?
7. How are the contemporary events in Iran similar to the events that Nafisi describes in her classroom?
8. What kind of man is Mr. Bahri?
9. Why does Nafisi think teaching "The Great Gatsby" was the right choice for that time and place?
10. What are the similarities between the lives of the characters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and the lives of Nafisi's students?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Several times Nafisi refers to the individual rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Write an essay that focuses on one of those rights. How is that right viewed by the Islamist Iranian Republic? How is that right portrayed in the literature Nafisi teaches? What does Nafisi do to assert her rights?
Essay Topic 2
Choose one of the students from one of Nafisi's University classes and one of the students from Nafisi's secret class. Describe how the life of each character was shaped through his or her interaction with fiction. What role or roles does fiction play in the life of that character? Does the character change at all through his or her interaction with fiction?
Essay Topic 3
America is presented as both reality and symbol, as a concept and a country. Describe the various ways America is interpreted and understood by those in Nafisi's classes and the Iranian government. How do those interpretations compare to Nafisi's personal memories and descriptions of America? What elements of America are emphasized? What elements of America are omitted? Why are there omissions?
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