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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. What does Oko want?

2. How does Ali feel about his father?

3. How does Oko's family feel about Esi?

4. Where does Ali earn a Master's degree?

5. Where is Esi driving at the opening of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Oko do when he receives Esi's request for a divorce?

2. How does Fusena end up in England with Ali?

3. What is ironic about Esi's problems with Oko?

4. What happens on the morning when Opokuya loses the use of the car and what happens this morning?

5. What does Opokuya say about single women in Ghana?

6. About what do Kubi and Opokuya argue most workday mornings?

7. Why is Esi angry with herself?

8. Why is it important that Esi find a sympathetic ear in Opokuya?

9. What does Opokuya think Esi should have done differently in Esi's marriage; yet how does she acknowledge her advice is not fair?

10. How does Oko feel about the end of his marriage a year or so later?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Changes: A Love Story could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Esi. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Changes: A Love Story as a bildungsroman of Esi. Give specific examples. What does Esi learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze Changes: A Love Story as a feminist story. Give specific examples. What does Eis learn? What does Opokuya learn? What would feminist say about Esi's actions? Opokuya's actions? Ali's actions? Oko's actions?

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