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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. Why does Opokuya want the car today?

2. How does Oko's mother act to Esi when Esi and Oko's marriage ends?

3. With what does Opokuya say society has no patience?

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

5. Who is Kubi?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Esi's problems with Oko?

2. What does Oko do when he receives Esi's request for a divorce?

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

4. Why is it important that Esi find a sympathetic ear in Opokuya?

5. What does Esi say that makes Opokuya feel concern for Esi?

6. Why is Esi angry with herself?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Esi is afraid she'll never marry when she is younger and now she is afraid she will be stuck in her marriage.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Changes: A Love Story.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Changes: A Love Story.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The subject of marriage is woven throughout Changes: A Love Story. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the following exchange between Opokuya and Esi in Chapter 11: Esi claims monogamy is so stifling. Opokuya, correcting her, says that she probably means marriage. Do you think Esi does mean monogamy? Compare/contrast the difference in meaning depending upon whether Esi means monogamy or marriage.

2. In that same chapter, Opokuya expresses the thought that Esi is very brave for trying an alternative lifestyle. Do you think Esi is brave or unwise? Or both? Discuss thoroughly using examples from the text.

3. Is Esi a pioneer in her country? Discuss thoroughly using examples from the text.

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