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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. Where is Esi driving at the opening of the novel?

2. For how long has Opokuya been a midwife?

3. How does Oko's family feel about Esi?

4. How does Oko's mother act to Esi when Esi and Oko's marriage ends?

5. Where do Ali and Fusena teach after graduation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do both families insist happen before Ali leave for England?

2. Why is it important that Esi find a sympathetic ear in Opokuya?

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Esi angry with herself?

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

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

10. Who is Ali's father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Changes: A Love Story could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Esi. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Changes: A Love Story as a bildungsroman of Esi. Give specific examples. What does Esi learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze Changes: A Love Story as a feminist story. Give specific examples. What does Eis learn? What does Opokuya learn? What would feminist say about Esi's actions? Opokuya's actions? Ali's actions? Oko's actions?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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