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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 Tambu describe as "intangible"?

2. Which of the following facts is NOT true of Babamukuru's wife?

3. How does Ma'Shingayi react when Babamukuru walks up her drive to tell her of Nhamo's death?

4. What is the name of Babamukuru's wife?

5. How does Tambu feel about Netsai?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are the dresses for Ma'Shingayi's wedding purchased?

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

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

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

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

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

8. During the family meeting, what does Lucia say about Jeremiah and his relationship with Ma'Shingayi?

9. How does Babamukuru feel about Lucia's presence on the homestead?

10. Who is Nyaradzo?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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