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Discussion Questions

Tales from the Zirzameen

1. What traditions and customs set Iranians apart from Americans?

2. What traditions and customs do Iranians and Americans share?

3. What are the historical roots of the love hate relationship between the two countries?

4. What role did the American presence in Iran during the 1970s actually play?

5. What caused the revolution and who actually fought in it?

6. What was the Iranian Spring?

7. Was the theocracy a coup d'etat?

8. What was the relationship between the traditional aristocracy and the Pahlavis?

9. What caused the "Silent War" between Iran and Iraq?

10. What is the role of cinema in contemporary Iran and why so many film directors?

Tales from the Zirzameen
by Brian Hanson Appleton

  • Publication Date: February 4, 2009
  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1434900827
  • ISBN-13: 9781434900821