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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 Fusena sometimes call Ali at Esi's house?
2. How does Opokuya correct Esi about her view on monogamy?
3. What does Esi wonder about concerning children?
4. Why is Opokuya happy for Esi?
5. What does Ali give Esi?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Esi's mother's hesitation about Esi marrying Ali and what does Esi think about this?
2. How is Esi feeling after a year of marriage to Ali?
3. Give the main highlights of Opokuya and Esi's conversation.
4. For what does Ali apologize to his people and how does he rationalize his actions?
5. What does the conversation between Ama and Aba concern at the opening to the second part of Changes?
6. How does Esi being there help Opokuya out of a dilemma and what does every advise Esi to do?
7. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?
8. What insecurities and fears does it bring up for Fusena when Ali mentions that his intended second wife has a university degree?
9. Why would it have been different if Oko had taken a second wife?
10. What happens after the trip to Bamako?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When the older women of Ali's family are tasked with talking to Fusena, they feel bad. There is an understanding among the women that it is a man's world and a woman can only survive if she knows how to live as a woman in it. Yet, they are shocked by how little has changed for their daughters despite receiving educations.
1. Research the educational system of Ghana and discuss what you find including answering the following questions: a. Is access to education equal between males and females? Do males with the same education have better jobs or pay than females? What is the average educational level for men? Women? Does education seem to make a difference for women?
2. Research the educational systems in the United States and compare and contrast it with the Ghanaian educational system. How has the availability or lack of educational opportunities helped or hurt a country's general living conditions? In your opinion, what does the United States need to do to improve their educational system? What does Ghana need to do to improve their educational system?
3. Research the educational systems in several countries around the world; choose at least one country considered to be "third world," and one labeled "Western world" (other than the United States and Ghana). Compare and contrast their educational systems. How has the availability or lack of educational opportunities helped or hurt a country's general living conditions? In your opinion, what does the United States need to do to improve their educational system?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Changes: A Love Story. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of individual freedom in Changes: A Love Story. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess individual freedom? Why?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of tradition in Changes: A Love Story. What is Esi's view of tradition? Ali's? Oko's? Esi's family? Opokuya? Why is tradition important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon traditional viewpoints? Who? What are the positive and negative sides to holding fast to tradition?
Essay Topic 3
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss one of the following in relation to Changes: A Love Story:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Esi and Opokuya. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either woman's beliefs more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Oko and Ali. How are they similar? How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
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