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

2. Who is the first relative to be served at Tambu's dinner party?

3. Which of the following activities has Babamukuru forbidden while he is visiting?

4. Which of the following is the traditional dish eaten as a staple at most meals by the villagers?

5. To which of the following places does Tambu compare Babamukur's home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Tambu react to her discovery in the cornfield?

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

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

5. What excuses does Maiguru make about Nyasha's poor attitude and rude behavior?

6. How does Nyasha react to the fact that she cannot find her D.H. Lawrence book?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The male characters in the novel all have similar reactions to the role of women in their homes. First, create a list of male characters in the novel and briefly explain each of their attitudes toward women in the home. Then explain some of the special, sometimes burdensome, responsibilities of successful men in the family.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Toward the end of the first semester, Nyasha becomes increasingly obsessed with her schooling and final exams. How does Nyasha display her nervousness about the end of term? How does this nervousness compare/contrast with Tambu's nervousness? What is suddenly motivating Nyasha to succeed, and what does she fear if she fails?

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