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 has Babamukuru taken away from Nyasha, causing an uproar at the dinner table?

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

3. When Nhamo returns from school, which of the following animals is Tambu sent to slaughter for dinner?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. During Tambu's first dinner with the family, how does Babamukuru mandate when, and what, his family will eat?

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

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

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

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

6. How is the ice between Tambu and Nyasha finally broken, and what do they discuss during their first conversation?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Maiguru spends the entire novel babying her husband, Babamukuru. First, give two examples of times when Maiguru treats Babamukuru as a child rather than a man. Then explain the motivations Maiguru has for treating her husband in this way. How does it affect their marital relationship? Finally, explain whether or not you think Maiguru is a good wife to Babamukuru and why.

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