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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 Oko's family feel about Esi?

2. Where does Opokuya live?

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

4. What does Esi decide to do while waiting for her friend to arrive?

5. Where does Opokuya say she will meet Kubi at 5:30 p.m.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Who is Ali's father?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the past several hundred years, many emigrants have moved to the United States seeking relief from oppressive governments or oppressive cultural mores. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Esi or few females from Ghana move away (besides economics).

2. Discuss some of the things that would drive you to leave your home country to move to a new country and different culture.

3. If there is nothing that would make you leave your home country, discuss what about your country makes you want to live there for your entire life.

4. If you lived in a strongly patriarchal country, would you want to move to a different country? Discuss in relation to Changes: A Love Story.

Essay Topic 2

The Ghanaian culture at the time of the novel is quite prone to sexism. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research the existence of sexism in Ghana and analyze Changes: A Love Story for its accuracy and/or inaccuracy in its portrayal of sexism.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of sexism throughout Changes: A Love Story. Who are the most obvious sexist? Who are perhaps subtly sexist? Are any of the characters free of sexism? Who? Why do you say so?

3. Research the existence of sexism in the United States and compare/contrast it to the sexism found in Changes: A Love Story.

Essay Topic 3

When the older women of Ali's family are tasked with talking to Fusena, they feel bad. There is an understanding among the women that it is a man's world and a woman can only survive if she knows how to live as a woman in it. Yet, they are shocked by how little has changed for their daughters despite receiving educations.

1. Research the educational system of Ghana and discuss what you find including answering the following questions: a. Is access to education equal between males and females? Do males with the same education have better jobs or pay than females? What is the average educational level for men? Women? Does education seem to make a difference for women?

2. Research the educational systems in the United States and compare and contrast it with the Ghanaian educational system. How has the availability or lack of educational opportunities helped or hurt a country's general living conditions? In your opinion, what does the United States need to do to improve their educational system? What does Ghana need to do to improve their educational system?

3. Research the educational systems in several countries around the world; choose at least one country considered to be "third world," and one labeled "Western world" (other than the United States and Ghana). Compare and contrast their educational systems. How has the availability or lack of educational opportunities helped or hurt a country's general living conditions? In your opinion, what does the United States need to do to improve their educational system?

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