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. Why does Tambu believe she was passed over for education by Babamukuru?

2. How long after being diagnosed with his disease did Nhamo die?

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

4. What language does Tambu and her family speak at home?

5. Who does Babamukuru claim should take Nhamo's place at the parochial school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the girls at Sacred Heart treat Nyasha?

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

5. What emotions does Tambu feel when she enters her uncle, Babamukuru's, home for the first time?

6. How does Tambu feel about Maiguru and her relationship to education?

7. How does Tambu's mother provide financial help for her household?

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

9. What education does Maiguru have, and how has her education changed her role within the family?

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

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

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

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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