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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 is the understanding when Ogyaanowa goes to her grandmother's house?

2. What does Ali Kondey ask Esi?

3. What does Esi say to Opokuya that makes Opokuya wonder what's wrong with Esi?

4. What is there little of between Oko and Esi lately?

5. What does Esi confide to Opokuya?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Esi arrives at the offices of Linga Hideaways that dampens her anger?

2. What happens after the trip to Bamako?

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

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

5. What surprises Esi about Ali when she is discussing his travels?

6. Who is Opokuya and what is her relationship to Esi?

7. What is Ali's educational background?

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

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

10. What happens that pushes Esi over the edge and makes her decide to leave Oko?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Changes: A Love Story ends on an unhappy or seemingly depressed tone. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Changes: A Love Story and whether or not Changes: A Love Story fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Changes: A Love Story is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Would you have wished the ending to be more positive? Why or why not? Would that have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss one of the following in relation to Changes: A Love Story:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Esi and Opokuya. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either woman's beliefs more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Oko and Ali. How are they similar? How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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