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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 tell Ali when he visits after not doing so for weeks?
2. Why is Esi upset about Oko's mother concerning Ogyaanowa?
3. Why does Esi feel rejected?
4. To what do Ali's relatives agree?
5. When does Esi get really angry at Ali?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the conversation between Ama and Aba concern at the opening to the second part of Changes?
2. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?
3. What does Esi find out about Ali's secretary and what does she decide to do?
4. Who arrives at Esi's house while Ali is still there and what happens?
5. How is Esi feeling after a year of marriage to Ali?
6. What surprises Esi about Ali when she is discussing his travels?
7. Where does Esi go after dropping Ali off in her new car and what does she offer Opokuya?
8. What insecurities and fears does it bring up for Fusena when Ali mentions that his intended second wife has a university degree?
9. What happens after the trip to Bamako?
10. What indication is there that Ali and Esi are starting to have difficulties in their relationship in Chapter 10?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Esi catches her breath in her office and laughs bitterly as she realizes she has suffered marital rape though it is impossible in her society since sex from his wife is a man's right. Discuss the following:
1. Research and write an informative on the rights of husbands and wives in two very different cultures.
2. Can a man be guilty of raping his wife? Should he be punished just like any other rapist? Why or why not?
3. Rape is considered an act of violence and is usually a display of power or control. Discuss whether you think the balance of power in a male-dominated culture keeps that country from thriving.
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