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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 Esi say about monogamy?
2. To what does Fusena agree?
3. What does Kubi point out to Oko?
4. What does Esi propose she and Ali do as far as her family?
5. What does Esi say her mother does not like about Esi and Ali's possible marriage?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do the older women think about Ali marrying Esi?
2. What is Esi's mother's hesitation about Esi marrying Ali and what does Esi think about this?
3. Why is Opokuya feeling sorry for herself and what can she do about it?
4. What does Ali propose to Esi and what is her response?
5. Give the main highlights of Opokuya and Esi's conversation.
6. Why would it have been different if Oko had taken a second wife?
7. What happens after the trip to Bamako?
8. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?
9. How does Esi being there help Opokuya out of a dilemma and what does every advise Esi to do?
10. How is Esi feeling after a year of marriage to Ali?
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
The subject of marriage is woven throughout Changes: A Love Story. Discuss the following:
1. Discuss the following exchange between Opokuya and Esi in Chapter 11: Esi claims monogamy is so stifling. Opokuya, correcting her, says that she probably means marriage. Do you think Esi does mean monogamy? Compare/contrast the difference in meaning depending upon whether Esi means monogamy or marriage.
2. In that same chapter, Opokuya expresses the thought that Esi is very brave for trying an alternative lifestyle. Do you think Esi is brave or unwise? Or both? Discuss thoroughly using examples from the text.
3. Is Esi a pioneer in her country? Discuss thoroughly using examples from the text.
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