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

2. What does Tambu devise a plan to avoid?

3. Which of the following characters makes a long speech after dinner, formally welcoming Tambu into the family?

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

5. Which of the following rooms of the home is particularly difficult for Tambu to navigate when she first moves to Babamukuru's

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Tambu feel about the food served to her and the cutlery she is forced to use at the table?

3. What does Babamukuru say in his formal speech welcoming Tambu to the family?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back at the homestead, two interesting characters, Lucia and Takesure, are introduced for one scene only. First, describe Lucia, Takesure, and their relationship. Why do you think Dangarembga chose to introduce these characters so late in the novel? What do these two characters represent to Tambu when she returns to the village for the first time?

Essay Topic 3

Although many of the characters in the novel are black Africans, there are a few scenes in which the black characters interact with white characters. First, give examples of two scenes in which blacks and whites interact. Then describe the speech patterns of the white characters and compare/contrast that speech to the black characters. Based on their verbal interactions, how do the white characters regard the black characters?

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