|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where do Ali and Fusena teach after graduation?
2. Who is Kubi?
3. Why does Opokuya say Esi cannot have it all?
4. What does Oko buy thinking it will be good for Esi and Ogyaanowa?
5. What does Esi confide to Opokuya?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Esi say is the cause of the failure of her marriage?
2. Why is Esi angry with herself?
3. How does Fusena end up in England with Ali?
4. How do Ali and Fusena meet and eventually marry?
5. Why is it important that Esi find a sympathetic ear in Opokuya?
6. What happens on the morning when Opokuya loses the use of the car and what happens this morning?
7. What does Oko think as he watches Esi dress?
8. Where does Ogyaanowa end up staying for the summer and then longer?
9. How does Ali feel about his father and how is he different from his father?
10. How does Fusena feel when she becomes pregnant with her second child?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of interesting questions raised by Changes: A Love Story. Questions that Aidoo most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Aidoo's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Aidoo's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Ama Ata Aidoo and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.
Essay Topic 2
Titles can often say much about a story. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think there is something ironic about the title Changes: A Love Story? Why or why not. Discuss fully.
2. Who changes and why? Are the changes positive? Do they demonstrate a new understanding or wisdom?
3. Is it likely that Ali would never marry a second wife if he knew the problems it would entail? Do you think he would take on a third wife? Does he change?
Essay Topic 3
Over the past several hundred years, many emigrants have moved to the United States seeking relief from oppressive governments or oppressive cultural mores. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think Esi or few females from Ghana move away (besides economics).
2. Discuss some of the things that would drive you to leave your home country to move to a new country and different culture.
3. If there is nothing that would make you leave your home country, discuss what about your country makes you want to live there for your entire life.
4. If you lived in a strongly patriarchal country, would you want to move to a different country? Discuss in relation to Changes: A Love Story.
This section contains 1,012 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)