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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 is Ohyaanowa unhappy?

2. What do both Ali and Fusena have during their initial six years of friendship?

3. How many children does Opokuya have?

4. What happens when Musa Musa is twelve?

5. Why does Opokuya want the car today?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Esi go after dropping Ali off in her new car and what does she offer Opokuya?

2. What does Ali buy Esi and what is her reaction?

3. Why is Esi angry with herself?

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

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

6. What does Esi say is the cause of the failure of her marriage?

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

8. What does Opokuya wonder about Fusena, Ali's first wife?

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

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

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?


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

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?

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