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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 does Oko's mother leave at his house one day?

2. What happens on the drive when Opokuya loses use of the car?

3. What did Opokuya decide early on in her marriage?

4. What visit did Opokuya make that is successful?

5. For what does the narrator say Ali Kondey is an effective advertisement?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Esi being there help Opokuya out of a dilemma and what does every advise Esi to do?

5. Describe Esi's conversation with Opokuya three months after ending her marriage with Ali.

6. How is Esi feeling after a year of marriage to Ali?

7. Who arrives at Esi's house while Ali is still there and what happens?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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