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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 long does Ali live away from his father?

2. How many children does Opokuya have?

3. Where do Esi and Opokuya both live?

4. About what do Opokuya and Kubi argue every morning?

5. Who does Opokuya think has to be a fool in a marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ali feel about his father and how is he different from his father?

2. What does Opokuya realize as she is riding home with Kubi?

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

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

5. Why is Esi hesitant to tell Opokuya what Esi is going through?

6. What is Ali's educational background?

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

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

9. How does Fusena end up in England with Ali?

10. Why is Esi angry with herself?

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

Certainly Changes: A Love Story deals with the subject of gender. Discuss the following:

1. Define the term "gender."

2. Does gender only refer to whether a person is male or female? Is gender easy to identify?

3. Discuss the Ghanaian cultural definitions of gender during the time of Changes: A Love Story and the expectations for each gender. Do any of those expectations exist today?

4. Are women the only ones harmed by gender-based expectations? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Polygamy is against the law in the United States, but many other countries, including Ghana used to allow men to have multiple wives but not wives having multiple husbands. Discuss the following:

1. What does it say about a culture that allows men to have several wives, but not the reverse? Discuss this in relation to Changes: A Love Story.

2. How do you think women are viewed in countries where polygamy is legal or at least not prosecuted? Discuss this in terms of Esi in Changes: A Love Story.

3. Should polygamy be controlled by law and what are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing polygamy?

4. Discuss the way you think a household with multiple wives would work, i.e., would one wife be in charge of the others and what about the children?

5. If polygamy were legal in your country for either men or woman, would you consider more than one husband or wife? Explain why or why not.

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