Nervous Conditions Test | Final 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 characters does NOT fall to their knees in gratitude to Babamukuru?

2. How does Tambu feel about her parents' wedding?

3. Which of the following is NOT a reason Lucia gives as to why she must stay on the homestead?

4. When Babamukuru is beating Nyasha, what does he demand of her?

5. Why is Nyasha favored within the school system?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Tambu feel about the village latrine?

3. Why do nuns from the Sacred Heart arrive at the mission school?

4. How does Ma'Shingayi feel about Tambu winning the scholarship?

5. How does Tambu feel when Babamukuru returns to the city, leaving her alone with her pregnant mother?

6. How does Ma'Shingayi feel about Lucia staying on the homestead?

7. How does Maiguru react to the vicious fight that breaks out between Babamukuru and Nyasha after the dance?

8. After Nyasha collapses and is brought to the doctor, what is her diagnosis?

9. How does Lucia rouse Ma'Shingayi from her depression?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

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