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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 happens when Musa Musa is twelve?
2. What has Ali always trained himself not to do?
3. What do Ali and Fusena insist upon before Ali leaves Ghana?
4. Who do the two women think the best husband is?
5. Where do Esi and Opokuya both live?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Opokuya and what is her relationship to Esi?
2. What does Opokuya say about single women in Ghana?
3. What happens on the morning when Opokuya loses the use of the car and what happens this morning?
4. What does Oko think as he watches Esi dress?
5. How does Fusena feel when she becomes pregnant with her second child?
6. What happens when Esi arrives at the offices of Linga Hideaways that dampens her anger?
7. How does Fusena end up in England with Ali?
8. How does Ali feel about his father and how is he different from his father?
9. Why is Esi angry with herself?
10. What do both families insist happen before Ali leave for England?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss one of the following in relation to Changes: A Love Story:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Esi and Opokuya. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either woman's beliefs more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Oko and Ali. How are they similar? How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
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
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.
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