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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 Ali see as a gift from Allah?
2. What happens when Musa Musa is twelve?
3. What does Oko still blame himself for over a year after Esi leaves him?
4. Who do the two women think the best husband is?
5. Why does Esi say her marriage fails?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Opokuya and what is her relationship to Esi?
2. What does Oko do when he receives Esi's request for a divorce?
3. How does Fusena end up in England with Ali?
4. What happens that pushes Esi over the edge and makes her decide to leave Oko?
5. Why is Esi angry with herself?
6. How do Ali and Fusena meet and eventually marry?
7. What does Opokuya realize as she is riding home with Kubi?
8. Why is it important that Esi find a sympathetic ear in Opokuya?
9. What do both families insist happen before Ali leave for England?
10. What does the narrator say about Ali Kondey at the opening of this chapter.
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
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 3
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss one of the following in relation to Changes: A Love Story:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Esi and Opokuya. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either woman's beliefs more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Oko and Ali. How are they similar? How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
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