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Tsitsi Dangarembga
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 task is Tambu asked to do for the visiting relatives?

2. What is the age difference between Nhamo and Tambu?

3. Which of the following is Babamukuru's nickname within the village?

4. How does Nhamo perform in school?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tambu feel about her parents' impending wedding ceremony?

2. How does Tambu feel about having to return to the homestead to visit her family for Christmas?

3. What does Nyasha find most strange about the white people who live at the mission?

4. What is Maiguru responsible for during the trip to the homestead, and how does she react to this responsibility?

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

6. Who is Nyaradzo?

7. How does Babamukuru propose to deal with the evil that has been following his family?

8. How does Tambu feel about the village latrine?

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

10. How does Tambu feel about the tea Maiguru serves at her home?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

At the start of the story, Dangarembga writes that this will be a story of "entrapment, escape, and rebellion." Do you agree with this assessment of the story? Why or why not? Give two examples of scenes that support Dangarembga's claim. Then give two examples of scenes that counteract this claim.

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