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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

Setting as far as place and time play an important role in Changes: A Love Story. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the setting of that time (late 1900s) from how it would be today. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

2. Do you think Changes: A Love Story would be different if it were set in the United States? Consider the cultural differences as you discuss the way the story would change is set in the United States.

3. Discuss some of the differences between the United States and Ghana, as far as the relationship between men and women and gender expectations. What are some similarities?

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

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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