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 does Tambu's mother think is the most important thing a woman must learn to carry?

2. How long would one shilling feed Tambu's family back in the village?

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

4. Which of the following facts is NOT true of Babamukuru's wife?

5. Which of the following food items does Tambu's mother sell in town?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Babamukuru treated by the village when he returns?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Tambu describe the swimming holes near her home?

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

9. How does Nhamo die?

10. How does Nyasha react to the fact that she cannot find her D.H. Lawrence book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The older female characters have many different responsibilities. First, create a list of older female characters in the text and briefly describe each of their roles within the family. What is the attitude of the older women toward their responsibilities in the family? How do their attitudes compare/contrast to the attitudes of the younger girls?

Essay Topic 2

Maiguru spends the entire novel babying her husband, Babamukuru. First, give two examples of times when Maiguru treats Babamukuru as a child rather than a man. Then explain the motivations Maiguru has for treating her husband in this way. How does it affect their marital relationship? Finally, explain whether or not you think Maiguru is a good wife to Babamukuru and why.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the novel, Nyasha is struggling with an eating disorder. First, explain how this disorder affects life within her household. Then explain why Dangarembga might have chosen this particular disease for Nyasha to struggle with. What might this disease symbolize in Nyasha's life?

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