Day 1

Nervous Conditions Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What do these first two chapters indicate about gender roles in Rhodesia?

    The first two chapters indicate that Rhodesia, or at least Tambu’s family, operate under strict gender roles. The women in Tambu’s family are pushed to take care of the home. Men are permitted to have roles outside the home, like getting an education. Tambu’s mother and grandmother tend to the fields and other aspects of the home. Tambu’s relationship with her brother illustrates the strict traditional gender roles. While Nhamo can start school at seven years old, Tambu must wait. Tambu’s mother sells eggs for Nhamo to go to school, but Tambu must raise her own funds to go to school. Nhamo leaves...

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