Changes: A Love Story Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ali wonder about his ancestors?

2. What is Esi eventually feeling?

3. What does Esi wonder about concerning children?

4. From where did Ali receive an urgent message?

5. After Bamako, how is Esi feeling about her marriage?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Setting as far as place and time play an important role in Changes: A Love Story. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the setting of that time (late 1900s) from how it would be today. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

2. Do you think Changes: A Love Story would be different if it were set in the United States? Consider the cultural differences as you discuss the way the story would change is set in the United States.

3. Discuss some of the differences between the United States and Ghana, as far as the relationship between men and women and gender expectations. What are some similarities?

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

Polygamy is against the law in the United States, but many other countries, including Ghana used to allow men to have multiple wives but not wives having multiple husbands. Discuss the following:

1. What does it say about a culture that allows men to have several wives, but not the reverse? Discuss this in relation to Changes: A Love Story.

2. How do you think women are viewed in countries where polygamy is legal or at least not prosecuted? Discuss this in terms of Esi in Changes: A Love Story.

3. Should polygamy be controlled by law and what are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing polygamy?

4. Discuss the way you think a household with multiple wives would work, i.e., would one wife be in charge of the others and what about the children?

5. If polygamy were legal in your country for either men or woman, would you consider more than one husband or wife? Explain why or why not.

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