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Tsitsi Dangarembga
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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. In what order are Tambu's visiting relatives served at dinner?
(a) From tallest to shortest.
(b) From most to least important.
(c) From wealthiest to richest.
(d) From oldest to youngest.

2. If Nhamo could have spent his days in one location, which of the following would he have chosen?
(a) His childhood village.
(b) Babamukuru's house.
(c) The parochial school.
(d) Church.

3. With whom does Tambu share a bedroom at Babamukuru's home?
(a) Anna.
(b) Maiguru.
(c) Tambu has her own bedroom.
(d) Nyasha.

4. What does Tambu's mother think is the most important thing a woman must learn to carry?
(a) Her worries.
(b) Her fears.
(c) Her babies.
(d) Her burderns.

5. Why does Tambu believe she was passed over for education by Babamukuru?
(a) Because she is unintelligent.
(b) Because she is too smart.
(c) Because she is too young.
(d) Because she is a girl.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are segregated at the swimming holes around Tambu's home?

2. What hopes does Tambu have when Nyasha first arrives at the home?

3. Who rises from the dinner table to fetch whatever Babamukuru wishes during the meal?

4. Which of the following characters does Tambu describe as "intangible"?

5. After the formal welcoming speech, which of the following contraptions is Tambu too embarrassed to admit she cannot work?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the ice between Tambu and Nyasha finally broken, and what do they discuss during their first conversation?

2. Why are the young men at Babamukuru's dinner party unhappy?

3. What education does Maiguru have, and how has her education changed her role within the family?

4. How does Tambu handle washing the hands of her relatives?

5. How does Tambu react to her discovery in the cornfield?

6. During Tambu's first dinner with the family, how does Babamukuru mandate when, and what, his family will eat?

7. What happens when Tambu begins to grow her own garden of corn to pay for her tuition?

8. What strategies does Tambu employ to keep her mind on her studies?

9. How does Tambu's father react to the news that there isn't enough money for both of his children to attend school?

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

(see the answer keys)

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