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 is NOT a topic Tambu's family discusses during their family meeting?

2. Whom does Babamukuru compliment for the work done on the homestead while he was away?

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

4. Which of the following is NOT something Ma'Shingayi accuses Maiguru of during the family meeting?

5. What aspect of the nuns makes Tambu's family nervous?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Nyaradzo?

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

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

7. What does Nyaradzo believe to be special about her brothers?

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

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

10. How are the dresses for Ma'Shingayi's wedding purchased?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jeremiah, Tambu's father, is an interesting male character. First, physically describe Jeremiah and compare/contrast his physicality to his brother, Babamukuru. Then explain how Jeremiah makes a living in the village and why he is so dependent on his brother.

Essay Topic 2

Toward the end of the first semester, Nyasha becomes increasingly obsessed with her schooling and final exams. How does Nyasha display her nervousness about the end of term? How does this nervousness compare/contrast with Tambu's nervousness? What is suddenly motivating Nyasha to succeed, and what does she fear if she fails?

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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