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. How does Tambu react to her first school dance?

2. How does Tambu feel about Lucia's outburst in the family meeting, at which she promises to leave the homestead, taking Ma'Shingayi with her?

3. Which of the following women is the eldest in Tambu's family?

4. Which of the following male characters compliments Maiguru on how hard she works and tells her that she may go to bed?

5. Who runs back to Babamukuru to tell him that Nyasha is alone with a boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tambu feel about her parents' impending wedding ceremony?

2. What is the process of being "screened out" at school and why does Nyasha fear it?

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

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

5. How does Babamukuru propose to deal with the evil that has been following his family?

6. How does Tambu feel about the village latrine?

7. Who is Nyaradzo?

8. What is Maiguru responsible for during the trip to the homestead, and how does she react to this responsibility?

9. What does Nyasha find most strange about the white people who live at the mission?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At the start of the story, Dangarembga writes that this will be a story of "entrapment, escape, and rebellion." Do you agree with this assessment of the story? Why or why not? Give two examples of scenes that support Dangarembga's claim. Then give two examples of scenes that counteract this claim.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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