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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 Oko think Esi has not lost?

2. What type of woman does Ali prefer to date?

3. At whom is Esi angry?

4. What do both Ali and Fusena have during their initial six years of friendship?

5. What does Fusena not remember after having been away for two years?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Esi say that makes Opokuya feel concern for Esi?

3. What does Opokuya say about single women in Ghana?

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

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

6. Why is Esi angry with herself?

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

8. What is Ali's educational background?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When the older women of Ali's family are tasked with talking to Fusena, they feel bad. There is an understanding among the women that it is a man's world and a woman can only survive if she knows how to live as a woman in it. Yet, they are shocked by how little has changed for their daughters despite receiving educations.

1. Research the educational system of Ghana and discuss what you find including answering the following questions: a. Is access to education equal between males and females? Do males with the same education have better jobs or pay than females? What is the average educational level for men? Women? Does education seem to make a difference for women?

2. Research the educational systems in the United States and compare and contrast it with the Ghanaian educational system. How has the availability or lack of educational opportunities helped or hurt a country's general living conditions? In your opinion, what does the United States need to do to improve their educational system? What does Ghana need to do to improve their educational system?

3. Research the educational systems in several countries around the world; choose at least one country considered to be "third world," and one labeled "Western world" (other than the United States and Ghana). Compare and contrast their educational systems. How has the availability or lack of educational opportunities helped or hurt a country's general living conditions? In your opinion, what does the United States need to do to improve their educational system?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Changes: A Love Story based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Changes: A Love Story is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that Changes: A Love Story is a feminist novel with a specific agenda changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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