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. When Tambu hears that she cannot attend school, what does she ask her parents for?

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

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

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

5. What type of school do Tambu and her brother Nhamo attend?

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

3. How does Tambu react to Babamukuru's arrival in the village?

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

5. Why are the young men at Babamukuru's dinner party unhappy?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Tambu struggles with whether she wants to remember or forget her family in the village. First, give examples of two scenes in which Tambu expresses her struggle with memory. Then describe why it would be beneficial for Tambu to remember her family back home, and why it would be beneficial for her to forget where she came from.

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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