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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 does Tambu devise a plan to avoid?
2. What color is the dirt surrounding Babamukuru's home?
3. How does Tambu feel about the way Nyasha speaks to Maiguru?
4. During which month of the year did Nhamo die?
5. What emotion does Tambu force upon herself when she sees her uncle's great wealth?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Tambu's mother provide financial help for her household?
2. How does Tambu describe the swimming holes near her home?
3. How did Nhamo react to Babamukuru's home and how did his reaction affect Tambu when she arrives at the home?
4. Why does Tambu have a difficult time bonding with Nyasha?
5. How is Babamukuru treated by the village when he returns?
6. What excuses does Maiguru make about Nyasha's poor attitude and rude behavior?
7. How does Tambu feel about the tea Maiguru serves at her home?
8. What emotions does Tambu feel when she enters her uncle, Babamukuru's, home for the first time?
9. What happens when Tambu begins to grow her own garden of corn to pay for her tuition?
10. How do the girls at Sacred Heart treat Nyasha?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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