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. Which of the following purchases brings confused tears to Tambu's eyes?

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

3. How does Babamukuru arrive at the village when he comes to visit?

4. Which of the following utensils does Tambu need to eat properly?

5. During their first conversation, what does Nyasha admit to Tambu?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reaction from Babamukuru's family when Tambu wins a scholarship to the Sacred Heart?

2. What causes Lucia to burst out of the kitchen during the family meeting and attack Takesure?

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

4. What happens to Nyasha when she is late to the dinner table on the evening before Tambu leaves for the Sacred Heart?

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

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

7. How does Tambu describe the swimming holes near her home?

8. How do Nyasha's parents react to the dress she wears to the Christmas dance?

9. How does the family react to the news that Babamukuru has found Lucia a job?

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

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

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?

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