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. What is the age difference between Nhamo and Tambu?

2. What is Tambu told she cannot attend school when she turns of age?

3. Whom does Maiguru blame for Tambu's inability to eat her meal properly?

4. What does Babamukuru claim he cannot eat a meal without?

5. How does Tambu feel about the way Nyasha speaks to Maiguru?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Tambu have a difficult time bonding with Nyasha?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Back at the homestead, two interesting characters, Lucia and Takesure, are introduced for one scene only. First, describe Lucia, Takesure, and their relationship. Why do you think Dangarembga chose to introduce these characters so late in the novel? What do these two characters represent to Tambu when she returns to the village for the first time?

Essay Topic 2

Jeremiah, Tambu's father, is an interesting male character. First, physically describe Jeremiah and compare/contrast his physicality to his brother, Babamukuru. Then explain how Jeremiah makes a living in the village and why he is so dependent on his brother.

Essay Topic 3

At the opening of the novel, Tambu has a long discussion with her mother about womanhood, as Tambu's mother believes that being a woman is a burden. First, explain why Tambu's mother believes womanhood to be a burden. Then explain the advice she gives to her daughter about how to be a success in life. Do you see Tambu utilizing or ignoring this advise throughout the novel?

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