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. During what month of the year does Tambu return home to the village for the first time?

2. Which of the following students scores the highest on the end-of-term exams?

3. What does Nyasha do to her father that causes him to go into a blind fury, repeatedly slamming her head into the floor?

4. Which of the following characters does NOT fall to their knees in gratitude to Babamukuru?

5. How does Tambu travel to the nun's school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Tambu's punishment for refusing to attend her parents' wedding?

5. Why doesn't Nyasha want to attend the missionary school one town over?

6. Who is Nyaradzo?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At the end of the novel, Babamukuru announces that Jeremiah and Mainini will have a church wedding. First, explain why this wedding was so important to Babamukuru that he would offer to pay for the whole thing. What traditional customs does this wedding represent? Then explain Tambu's reaction to the forced marriage. How does this wedding change her views of her family?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Tambu is concerned with progress and hopes to find "liberation" at the Sacred Heart school. What does Tambu hope to be "liberated" from? How does this compare/contrast to the way Nyasha feels they will be "trapped"? By the end of the story, how has Tambu's attitude toward liberation and "white progress" changed?

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