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 disease was Nhamo diagnosed as dying from?

2. What does Tambu devise a plan to avoid?

3. What language does Chido speak?

4. What excuse does Maiguru make as to why Nyasha can't play with the other children?

5. Which of the following food items aren't the children allowed to eat at the dinner party?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Tambu have a difficult time bonding with Nyasha?

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

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

5. How does Tambu react to her sleeping arrangements at Babamukuru's house?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"Nervous Conditions" is the title of this novel. First, explain if you think it is a fitting title. Why or why not? Then, list at least three characters who exhibit nervous conditions throughout the novel. How does their nervousness manifest? How do their conditions affect their lives?

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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