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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 happens one day as Ali is pulling away from Esi's house?
2. To what do Ali's relatives agree?
3. When does Esi want to wait to wear Ali's gift?
4. What does Kubi point out to Oko?
5. What does Esi realize about her job?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why would it have been different if Oko had taken a second wife?
2. What does Ali buy Esi and what is her reaction?
3. Who arrives at Esi's house while Ali is still there and what happens?
4. For what does Ali apologize to his people and how does he rationalize his actions?
5. How is Ali conflicted on New Year's Eve?
6. How does Esi finally make a break with Ali near the end of their third year of marriage?
7. What does Opokuya wonder about Fusena, Ali's first wife?
8. What is Esi's mother's hesitation about Esi marrying Ali and what does Esi think about this?
9. Where does Esi go after dropping Ali off in her new car and what does she offer Opokuya?
10. What does Ali propose to Esi and what is her response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Titles can often say much about a story. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think there is something ironic about the title Changes: A Love Story? Why or why not. Discuss fully.
2. Who changes and why? Are the changes positive? Do they demonstrate a new understanding or wisdom?
3. Is it likely that Ali would never marry a second wife if he knew the problems it would entail? Do you think he would take on a third wife? Does he change?
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
Esi catches her breath in her office and laughs bitterly as she realizes she has suffered marital rape though it is impossible in her society since sex from his wife is a man's right. Discuss the following:
1. Research and write an informative on the rights of husbands and wives in two very different cultures.
2. Can a man be guilty of raping his wife? Should he be punished just like any other rapist? Why or why not?
3. Rape is considered an act of violence and is usually a display of power or control. Discuss whether you think the balance of power in a male-dominated culture keeps that country from thriving.
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