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. What does Ali say when Fusena asks if Esi is Muslim?

2. What does Esi say about Fusena?

3. What surprises Ali and Esi after they have made love?

4. What does Esi ask Opokuya concerning Oko?

5. What does Esi tell Ali when he visits after not doing so for weeks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the older women think about Ali marrying Esi?

3. What is Esi's mother's hesitation about Esi marrying Ali and what does Esi think about this?

4. What happens that makes Fusena give her consent to Ali marrying Esi?

5. What indication is there that Ali and Esi are starting to have difficulties in their relationship in Chapter 10?

6. What happens after the trip to Bamako?

7. What does Kubi relate when he returns from Esi's home and what do they conclude?

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

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

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

Titles can often say much about a story. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think there is something ironic about the title Changes: A Love Story? Why or why not. Discuss fully.

2. Who changes and why? Are the changes positive? Do they demonstrate a new understanding or wisdom?

3. Is it likely that Ali would never marry a second wife if he knew the problems it would entail? Do you think he would take on a third wife? Does he change?

3.

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

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.

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