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Tsitsi Dangarembga
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 task is Tambu asked to do for the visiting relatives?

2. What is the age difference between Nhamo and Tambu?

3. Which of the following is Babamukuru's nickname within the village?

4. How does Nhamo perform in school?

5. During which month of the year does Nhamo return to his village from school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tambu feel about her parents' impending wedding ceremony?

2. How does Tambu feel about having to return to the homestead to visit her family for Christmas?

3. What does Nyasha find most strange about the white people who live at the mission?

4. What is Maiguru responsible for during the trip to the homestead, and how does she react to this responsibility?

5. How does Tambu handle washing the hands of her relatives?

6. Who is Nyaradzo?

7. How does Babamukuru propose to deal with the evil that has been following his family?

8. How does Tambu feel about the village latrine?

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

10. How does Tambu feel about the tea Maiguru serves at her home?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

At the end of the novel, Babamukuru announces that Jeremiah and Mainini will have a church wedding. First, explain why this wedding was so important to Babamukuru that he would offer to pay for the whole thing. What traditional customs does this wedding represent? Then explain Tambu's reaction to the forced marriage. How does this wedding change her views of her family?

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