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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 is the understanding when Ogyaanowa goes to her grandmother's house?

2. What does Ali Kondey ask Esi?

3. What does Esi say to Opokuya that makes Opokuya wonder what's wrong with Esi?

4. What is there little of between Oko and Esi lately?

5. What does Esi confide to Opokuya?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens after the trip to Bamako?

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

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

5. What surprises Esi about Ali when she is discussing his travels?

6. Who is Opokuya and what is her relationship to Esi?

7. What is Ali's educational background?

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

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

10. What happens that pushes Esi over the edge and makes her decide to leave Oko?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The Ghanaian culture at the time of the novel is quite prone to sexism. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research the existence of sexism in Ghana and analyze Changes: A Love Story for its accuracy and/or inaccuracy in its portrayal of sexism.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of sexism throughout Changes: A Love Story. Who are the most obvious sexist? Who are perhaps subtly sexist? Are any of the characters free of sexism? Who? Why do you say so?

3. Research the existence of sexism in the United States and compare/contrast it to the sexism found in Changes: A Love Story.

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