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 Nyasha feel about her family's maid?

2. Which of the following forces Nyasha and Tambu to burst out laughing and have their first conversation?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. During Tambu's first dinner with the family, how does Babamukuru mandate when, and what, his family will eat?

2. How does Nhamo die?

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

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

5. How does Babamukuru control the education of the village children where Tambu lives?

6. How do the girls at Sacred Heart treat Nyasha?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

At the end of the novel, Babamukuru chastises Nyasha, accusing her of being promiscuous. Why did Babamukur believe that Nyasha was acting inappropriately? Do you agree with his assessment of his daughter's behavior? Why or why not? Second, explain the double standard Babamukuru has for his children's behavior. How does he feel about Chido's promiscuous ways?

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