Nervous Conditions Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Tsitsi Dangarembga
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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. What is Tambu told she cannot attend school when she turns of age?

2. How does Ma'Shingayi react when Babamukuru walks up her drive to tell her of Nhamo's death?

3. Who is Netsai in relation to Tambu?

4. What part about Babamukuru's eating habits worries Tambu?

5. How does Babamukuru arrive at the village when he comes to visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Nyasha feel about the time she and her brother spent in England?

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

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

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

6. How does Tambu react to Babamukuru's arrival in the village?

7. How does Nhamo die?

8. How does Babamukuru's family feel about their maid, Anna?

9. How does Tambu feel about Maiguru and her relationship to education?

10. How does Babamukuru view the future of the village?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Tambu struggles with whether she wants to remember or forget her family in the village. First, give examples of two scenes in which Tambu expresses her struggle with memory. Then describe why it would be beneficial for Tambu to remember her family back home, and why it would be beneficial for her to forget where she came from.

Essay Topic 2

Tambu has spent her entire life fighting to be able to attend school. First, explain why Tambu was taken out of school in the first place. Then explain how Tambu used seeds to put herself through school and how her brother attempted to sabotage her plans. Finally, explain why Nhamo would have wanted Tambu to fail in her education.

Essay Topic 3

At the start of the story, Dangarembga writes that this will be a story of "entrapment, escape, and rebellion." Do you agree with this assessment of the story? Why or why not? Give two examples of scenes that support Dangarembga's claim. Then give two examples of scenes that counteract this claim.

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