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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. How does Kubi thing Opokuya should get to her clients?

2. Who do the two women think the best husband is?

3. How many children does Opokuya have?

4. What does Oko still blame himself for over a year after Esi leaves him?

5. Where do Esi and Opokuya both live?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Oko feel about the end of his marriage a year or so later?

2. Where does Ogyaanowa end up staying for the summer and then longer?

3. How do Ali and Fusena meet and eventually marry?

4. How does Fusena end up in England with Ali?

5. How does Fusena feel when she becomes pregnant with her second child?

6. What does the narrator say about Ali Kondey at the opening of this chapter.

7. About what do Kubi and Opokuya argue most workday mornings?

8. What does Opokuya say about single women in Ghana?

9. What happens on the morning when Opokuya loses the use of the car and what happens this morning?

10. What are each person's reasons for wanting the car this particular morning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oftentimes, a novel is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Changes: A Love Story is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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