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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is Esi feeling free and content?
2. What does Ali bring Esi?
3. About what does Opokuya wonder concerning Esi and Fusena?
4. What does Esi not want to remember?
5. What does Ali think of as home?
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
Oftentimes, a novel is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think Changes: A Love Story is? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 3
Setting as far as place and time play an important role in Changes: A Love Story. Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the setting of that time (late 1900s) from how it would be today. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.
2. Do you think Changes: A Love Story would be different if it were set in the United States? Consider the cultural differences as you discuss the way the story would change is set in the United States.
3. Discuss some of the differences between the United States and Ghana, as far as the relationship between men and women and gender expectations. What are some similarities?
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