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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 happens two months after negotiations of the Kondeys and Al-Hassans?

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

3. Why does Opokuya say Esi cannot have it all?

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

5. What does Ali do when he hears of Esi's divorce?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Ali's educational background?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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