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. How does Nhamo perform in school?

2. Which of the following is NOT a tradition observed by Babamukuru's family at the dinner table?

3. What is the name of Babamukuru's maid?

4. How does Nyasha feel about her family's maid?

5. What does Tambu's father believe she should study to become?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Tambu is in town with Mr. Matimbo?

2. How did Nhamo react to Babamukuru's home and how did his reaction affect Tambu when she arrives at the home?

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

4. What emotions does Tambu feel when she enters her uncle, Babamukuru's, home for the first time?

5. What excuses does Maiguru make about Nyasha's poor attitude and rude behavior?

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

7. How does Nhamo die?

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

9. How does Tambu's mother provide financial help for her household?

10. What hopes does Tambu have for her relationship with Nyasha once she arrives at Babamukuru's home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jeremiah, Tambu's father, is an interesting male character. First, physically describe Jeremiah and compare/contrast his physicality to his brother, Babamukuru. Then explain how Jeremiah makes a living in the village and why he is so dependent on his brother.

Essay Topic 2

Toward the end of the first semester, Nyasha becomes increasingly obsessed with her schooling and final exams. How does Nyasha display her nervousness about the end of term? How does this nervousness compare/contrast with Tambu's nervousness? What is suddenly motivating Nyasha to succeed, and what does she fear if she fails?

Essay Topic 3

At the opening of the novel, Tambu has a long discussion with her mother about womanhood, as Tambu's mother believes that being a woman is a burden. First, explain why Tambu's mother believes womanhood to be a burden. Then explain the advice she gives to her daughter about how to be a success in life. Do you see Tambu utilizing or ignoring this advise throughout the novel?

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