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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 does Esi do that surprises Oko's mother?

2. How long does Ali live away from his father?

3. What did Opokuya decide early on in her marriage?

4. Who watches Esi dress with pleasure?

5. What does Esi refuse from Ali Kondey?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

6. Who is Ali's father?

7. What does Opokuya think Esi should have done differently in Esi's marriage; yet how does she acknowledge her advice is not fair?

8. What do both families insist happen before Ali leave for England?

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

10. What does Oko think as he watches Esi dress?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character Esi. What are her strengths? Weaknesses? How does she evolve over the course of the story? Is she likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think she is a protagonist or antagonist? Why

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Ali. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?

3. Thoroughly discuss two characters of your choosing. What are their strengths? Weaknesses? How do they evolve over the course of the story? (or do they?) Are they likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Are they trustworthy? Wise? Would you want them as friends? Are they likely to be enemies?

Essay Topic 2

Esi catches her breath in her office and laughs bitterly as she realizes she has suffered marital rape though it is impossible in her society since sex from his wife is a man's right. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write an informative on the rights of husbands and wives in two very different cultures.

2. Can a man be guilty of raping his wife? Should he be punished just like any other rapist? Why or why not?

3. Rape is considered an act of violence and is usually a display of power or control. Discuss whether you think the balance of power in a male-dominated culture keeps that country from thriving.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels and short stories have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Changes: A Love Story, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Changes: A Love Story. (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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