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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 makes Opokuya and Esi's friendship hard to believe?
2. How does the man who offers to help Esi appear?
3. What type of woman does Ali prefer to date?
4. What does Oko want?
5. Why does Esi say her marriage fails?
Short Essay Questions
1. About what do Kubi and Opokuya argue most workday mornings?
2. Why is it important that Esi find a sympathetic ear in Opokuya?
3. What does Esi say that makes Opokuya feel concern for Esi?
4. What happens when Esi arrives at the offices of Linga Hideaways that dampens her anger?
5. What is Ali's educational background?
6. What happens that pushes Esi over the edge and makes her decide to leave Oko?
7. What does Opokuya say about single women in Ghana?
8. What does Opokuya realize as she is riding home with Kubi?
9. What does Esi say is the cause of the failure of her marriage?
10. What does Oko do when he receives Esi's request for a divorce?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Changes: A Love Story ends on an unhappy or seemingly depressed tone. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Changes: A Love Story and whether or not Changes: A Love Story fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Changes: A Love Story is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
4. Would you have wished the ending to be more positive? Why or why not? Would that have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?
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
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.
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