Changes: A Love Story Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why does Opokuya say Esi is brave?

2. What does Esi say her mother thinks concerning marrying Ali?

3. What does Ali do but is unable to keep up?

4. Why does Fusena sometimes call Ali at Esi's house?

5. Why does Ali worry about support from his family for his second marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Esi go after dropping Ali off in her new car and what does she offer Opokuya?

2. What does Esi find out about Ali's secretary and what does she decide to do?

3. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?

4. What does the conversation between Ama and Aba concern at the opening to the second part of Changes?

5. What insecurities and fears does it bring up for Fusena when Ali mentions that his intended second wife has a university degree?

6. What does Opokuya wonder about Fusena, Ali's first wife?

7. Give the main highlights of Opokuya and Esi's conversation.

8. What happens after the trip to Bamako?

9. What does Esi feel after leaving Opokuya's home?

10. What do the older women think about Ali marrying Esi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Changes: A Love Story.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Changes: A Love Story. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Changes: A Love Story. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Changes: A Love Story based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Changes: A Love Story is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that Changes: A Love Story is a feminist novel with a specific agenda changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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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