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. What does Ali give Esi for a New Year's present?

2. What wakes Esi from a deep sleep on New Year's Day?

3. Who is not pleased when Ali visits the Dakwa's on January 2nd?

4. Why is Esi feeling free and content?

5. What does Esi say her mother does not like about Esi and Ali's possible marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after the trip to Bamako?

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

3. For what does Ali apologize to his people and how does he rationalize his actions?

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

5. What does Esi's father ask Ali concerning his intentions to marry Esi, and what is Ali's response?

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

7. Describe Kubi and Oko's interaction.

8. What does Ali buy Esi and what is her reaction?

9. What is Esi's mother's hesitation about Esi marrying Ali and what does Esi think about this?

10. What surprises Esi about Ali when she is discussing his travels?

Essay Topics

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

Certainly Changes: A Love Story deals with the subject of gender. Discuss the following:

1. Define the term "gender."

2. Does gender only refer to whether a person is male or female? Is gender easy to identify?

3. Discuss the Ghanaian cultural definitions of gender during the time of Changes: A Love Story and the expectations for each gender. Do any of those expectations exist today?

4. Are women the only ones harmed by gender-based expectations? Why or why not.

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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