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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 Fusena realize when Ali's female relatives visit her?
2. From where did Ali receive an urgent message?
3. What does Esi tell Ali when he visits after not doing so for weeks?
4. Where does Ali's family live?
5. Why does Ali feel guilty at the beginning of Chapter 15?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Opokuya feeling sorry for herself and what can she do about it?
2. What do the older women think about Ali marrying Esi?
3. Why would it have been different if Oko had taken a second wife?
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. How is Ali conflicted on New Year's Eve?
8. What indication is there that Ali and Esi are starting to have difficulties in their relationship in Chapter 10?
9. Describe Esi's conversation with Opokuya three months after ending her marriage with Ali.
10. What insecurities and fears does it bring up for Fusena when Ali mentions that his intended second wife has a university degree?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Changes: A Love Story.
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Changes: A Love Story. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Changes: A Love Story. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
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
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.
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