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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. Who is Connie?
2. What does Esi refuse from Ali Kondey?
3. What does Esi's grandmother say about feeling grateful to a man?
4. Who watches Esi dress with pleasure?
5. What was a major reason Oko was first attracted to Esi?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Kubi relate when he returns from Esi's home and what do they conclude?
2. Who is Ali's father?
3. Why is Opokuya feeling sorry for herself and what can she do about it?
4. What does Esi say that makes Opokuya feel concern for Esi?
5. Why is it important that Esi find a sympathetic ear in Opokuya?
6. How is Ali conflicted on New Year's Eve?
7. About what do Kubi and Opokuya argue most workday mornings?
8. Why would it have been different if Oko had taken a second wife?
9. What does Ali propose to Esi and what is her response?
10. How does Esi finally make a break with Ali near the end of their third year of marriage?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Polygamy is against the law in the United States, but many other countries, including Ghana used to allow men to have multiple wives but not wives having multiple husbands. Discuss the following:
1. What does it say about a culture that allows men to have several wives, but not the reverse? Discuss this in relation to Changes: A Love Story.
2. How do you think women are viewed in countries where polygamy is legal or at least not prosecuted? Discuss this in terms of Esi in Changes: A Love Story.
3. Should polygamy be controlled by law and what are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing polygamy?
4. Discuss the way you think a household with multiple wives would work, i.e., would one wife be in charge of the others and what about the children?
5. If polygamy were legal in your country for either men or woman, would you consider more than one husband or wife? Explain why or why not.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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