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 characters does NOT observe the traditions of food service mandated in Babamukuru's home?

2. What does Ma'Shingayi say killed her son?

3. Who rises from the dinner table to fetch whatever Babamukuru wishes during the meal?

4. If Nhamo could have spent his days in one location, which of the following would he have chosen?

5. Who are segregated at the swimming holes around Tambu's 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 Tambu feel about the tea Maiguru serves at her home?

3. What does Babamukuru say in his formal speech welcoming Tambu to the family?

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

5. What strategies does Tambu employ to keep her mind on her studies?

6. How does Tambu describe the swimming holes near her home?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tambu's family runs on a strict hierarchy. First, explain the hierarchy within Tambu's extended family -- who is on top? Who is on the bottom? Then explain how the hierarchy is expressed during the opening scenes in the novel, when Babamukuru first returns to the village. Then compare/contrast that to the way the hierarchy is expressed when Tambu returns to the village for the Christmas holidays. What has changed? What has stayed the same?

Essay Topic 2

The older female characters have many different responsibilities. First, create a list of older female characters in the text and briefly describe each of their roles within the family. What is the attitude of the older women toward their responsibilities in the family? How do their attitudes compare/contrast to the attitudes of the younger girls?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the novel, Nyasha is struggling with an eating disorder. First, explain how this disorder affects life within her household. Then explain why Dangarembga might have chosen this particular disease for Nyasha to struggle with. What might this disease symbolize in Nyasha's life?

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