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 Ali worry about support from his family for his second marriage?

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

3. Why does Esi feel rejected?

4. Why does Opokuya say Esi is brave?

5. Why is Opokuya happy for Esi?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Opokuya feeling sorry for herself and what can she do about it?

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

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

6. What happens after the trip to Bamako?

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

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

9. How does Esi finally make a break with Ali near the end of their third year of marriage?

10. How is Esi feeling after a year of marriage to Ali?

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

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

The Ghanaian culture at the time of the novel is quite prone to sexism. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research the existence of sexism in Ghana and analyze Changes: A Love Story for its accuracy and/or inaccuracy in its portrayal of sexism.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of sexism throughout Changes: A Love Story. Who are the most obvious sexist? Who are perhaps subtly sexist? Are any of the characters free of sexism? Who? Why do you say so?

3. Research the existence of sexism in the United States and compare/contrast it to the sexism found in Changes: A Love Story.

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