Nervous Conditions Short Essay - Answer Key

Tsitsi Dangarembga
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1. How does Tambu describe the swimming holes near her home?

Tambu describes the swimming holes near her home as the social places where everyone in her village meets and gossips. The swimming holes are segregated between men and women, but children are free to swim wherever they choose. The swimmers must bathe in the same place where people wash their clothing, and are thus forced to wash further up the river.

2. How does Babamukuru control the education of the village children where Tambu lives?

Babamukuru left the village to attend college and has become the most successful person to leave the village. He returns and gives scholarships to other male children he believes will one day be successful. He has particular affection for Nhamo. He believes that children should attend school starting at the age of 7, when they are still malleable.

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