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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. About what does Esi laugh concerning the African male?

2. Against what does Ali advise Esi?

3. Why does Ali feel the gift is inappropriate?

4. How does Opokuya correct Esi about her view on monogamy?

5. What does Esi say about monogamy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Esi finally make a break with Ali near the end of their third year of marriage?

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

4. What is Esi's mother's hesitation about Esi marrying Ali and what does Esi think about this?

5. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?

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

7. Why is Opokuya feeling sorry for herself and what can she do about it?

8. For what does Ali apologize to his people and how does he rationalize his actions?

9. What happens after the trip to Bamako?

10. What does Esi's father ask Ali concerning his intentions to marry Esi, and what is Ali's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character Esi. What are her strengths? Weaknesses? How does she evolve over the course of the story? Is she likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think she is a protagonist or antagonist? Why

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Ali. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?

3. Thoroughly discuss two characters of your choosing. What are their strengths? Weaknesses? How do they evolve over the course of the story? (or do they?) Are they likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Are they trustworthy? Wise? Would you want them as friends? Are they likely to be enemies?

Essay Topic 2

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?

3.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels and short stories have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Changes: A Love Story, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Changes: A Love Story. (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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