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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 was a major reason Oko was first attracted to Esi?

2. Who is Musa Kondey?

3. Where does Opokuya live?

4. For what does the narrator say Ali Kondey is an effective advertisement?

5. Where is Ogyaanowa staying until school starts?.

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of the book, what is Esi's marital status?

2. What is Ali's educational background?

3. What do the older women think about Ali marrying Esi?

4. Who is Ali's father?

5. How does Esi finally make a break with Ali near the end of their third year of marriage?

6. Give the main highlights of Opokuya and Esi's conversation.

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

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

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

10. Why is Esi angry with herself?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Changes: A Love Story ends on an unhappy or seemingly depressed tone. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Changes: A Love Story and whether or not Changes: A Love Story fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Changes: A Love Story is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Would you have wished the ending to be more positive? Why or why not? Would that have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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