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 the maid greet Tambu when she arrives at the house?

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

3. After the formal welcoming speech, which of the following contraptions is Tambu too embarrassed to admit she cannot work?

4. What type of school do Tambu and her brother Nhamo attend?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the village children eat at the dinner party honoring Babamukuru?

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

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

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

5. How does Nhamo die?

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

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

8. How did Nhamo react to Babamukuru's home and how did his reaction affect Tambu when she arrives at the home?

9. How does Tambu's father react to the news that there isn't enough money for both of his children to attend school?

10. How does Nyasha feel about the time she and her brother spent in England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Tambu is concerned with progress and hopes to find "liberation" at the Sacred Heart school. What does Tambu hope to be "liberated" from? How does this compare/contrast to the way Nyasha feels they will be "trapped"? By the end of the story, how has Tambu's attitude toward liberation and "white progress" changed?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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