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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 Esi tell the man she is doing?

2. Where is Ogyaanowa staying until school starts?.

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

4. Why does Esi think her decision about Ogyaanowa suits Esi?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Ali's educational background?

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

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

6. Who is Ali's father?

7. How does Ali feel about his father and how is he different from his father?

8. What does Opokuya think Esi should have done differently in Esi's marriage; yet how does she acknowledge her advice is not fair?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the past several hundred years, many emigrants have moved to the United States seeking relief from oppressive governments or oppressive cultural mores. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Esi or few females from Ghana move away (besides economics).

2. Discuss some of the things that would drive you to leave your home country to move to a new country and different culture.

3. If there is nothing that would make you leave your home country, discuss what about your country makes you want to live there for your entire life.

4. If you lived in a strongly patriarchal country, would you want to move to a different country? Discuss in relation to Changes: A Love Story.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a novel is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Changes: A Love Story is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

The subject of marriage is woven throughout Changes: A Love Story. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the following exchange between Opokuya and Esi in Chapter 11: Esi claims monogamy is so stifling. Opokuya, correcting her, says that she probably means marriage. Do you think Esi does mean monogamy? Compare/contrast the difference in meaning depending upon whether Esi means monogamy or marriage.

2. In that same chapter, Opokuya expresses the thought that Esi is very brave for trying an alternative lifestyle. Do you think Esi is brave or unwise? Or both? Discuss thoroughly using examples from the text.

3. Is Esi a pioneer in her country? Discuss thoroughly using examples from the text.

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