Is the book’s structure chronological or does it move back and forth between past and present? Does the author use a single (first or third person) viewpoint or shifting points of view? Why might the author have chosen to tell the story this way and how does it influence the reader’s understanding?
The book is always in chronological order. Marjane reveals the story to us readers almost exactly as what she lived it as. In fact, the only reason why this book isn't considered an autobiography is because Marjane made up some of the dialogues, and some of the more fuzzy details about her past. Otherwise, the story is incredibly detailed and it contains many facts that are true. There are a few times when she mentions details from the past, such as in p11 "'2,500 years of tyranny and submission' as my father said.". But this is when she learned those details herself, so they are not flashbacks. She tells us the story as she lived it, so there are no flashbacks or going foreword and backward in time.
The book is always in first person point of view. It helps us understand the story better because this is almost an autobiography of Marjane's life. Since it is in first person, her thoughts and opinions are shared. It also makes it seem more like a journal entry, and since this book takes a very controversial subject ant turns it into a shallow story of a child's life, the fact that it is written in a child's point of view helps the readers think it's a light subject. It completely influences the reader's understanding, because a child does not know exactly what is going on around her, she just knows what she is told, and what she can imagine, which is usually very lighthearted. This in turn aids the fact that the story is shallow and lighthearted.