Changes: A Love Story Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does Ali tell Esi is the reason he has to go by his office nightly?

2. Why does Ali feel the gift is inappropriate?

3. Where does Ali's family live?

4. Why is Esi upset about Oko's mother concerning Ogyaanowa?

5. What does Esi tell Ali to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Esi find out about Ali's secretary and what does she decide to do?

2. What happens that makes Fusena give her consent to Ali marrying Esi?

3. What indication is there that Ali and Esi are starting to have difficulties in their relationship in Chapter 10?

4. What insecurities and fears does it bring up for Fusena when Ali mentions that his intended second wife has a university degree?

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

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

7. Describe Kubi and Oko's interaction.

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

9. What does Esi feel after leaving Opokuya's home?

10. What does Opokuya wonder about Fusena, Ali's first wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Changes: A Love Story ends on an unhappy or seemingly depressed tone. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Changes: A Love Story and whether or not Changes: A Love Story fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Changes: A Love Story is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Would you have wished the ending to be more positive? Why or why not? Would that have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?

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