|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is Opokuya happy for Esi?
2. What does Esi say when Kubi wants to check on Oko?
3. What shocks Ali's female relatives?
4. What traditional rule has been already broken concerning Ali and Esi according to Opokuya?
5. What does Esi realize about her job?
Short Essay Questions
1. What insecurities and fears does it bring up for Fusena when Ali mentions that his intended second wife has a university degree?
2. Describe Esi's conversation with Opokuya three months after ending her marriage with Ali.
3. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?
4. What does the conversation between Ama and Aba concern at the opening to the second part of Changes?
5. What does Ali buy Esi and what is her reaction?
6. How does Esi finally make a break with Ali near the end of their third year of marriage?
7. How is Esi feeling after a year of marriage to Ali?
8. What indication is there that Ali and Esi are starting to have difficulties in their relationship in Chapter 10?
9. How does Esi being there help Opokuya out of a dilemma and what does every advise Esi to do?
10. Give the main highlights of Opokuya and Esi's conversation.
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
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 3
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.
This section contains 1,338 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)