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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 when Opokuya drives off with Esi's old car?
2. After Bamako, how is Esi feeling about her marriage?
3. Why does Ali feel the gift is inappropriate?
4. What does Fusena realize when Ali's female relatives visit her?
5. What does Esi say her mother does not like about Esi and Ali's possible marriage?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the conversation between Ama and Aba concern at the opening to the second part of Changes?
2. How is Esi feeling after a year of marriage to Ali?
3. Where does Esi go after dropping Ali off in her new car and what does she offer Opokuya?
4. What does Ali propose to Esi and what is her response?
5. What indication is there that Ali and Esi are starting to have difficulties in their relationship in Chapter 10?
6. How is Ali conflicted on New Year's Eve?
7. What does Ali buy Esi and what is her reaction?
8. What does Esi find out about Ali's secretary and what does she decide to do?
9. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?
10. Why would it have been different if Oko had taken a second wife?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Esi is afraid she'll never marry when she is younger and now she is afraid she will be stuck in her marriage.
2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Changes: A Love Story.
3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Changes: A Love Story.
Essay Topic 2
The subject of marriage is woven throughout Changes: A Love Story. Discuss the following:
1. Discuss the following exchange between Opokuya and Esi in Chapter 11: Esi claims monogamy is so stifling. Opokuya, correcting her, says that she probably means marriage. Do you think Esi does mean monogamy? Compare/contrast the difference in meaning depending upon whether Esi means monogamy or marriage.
2. In that same chapter, Opokuya expresses the thought that Esi is very brave for trying an alternative lifestyle. Do you think Esi is brave or unwise? Or both? Discuss thoroughly using examples from the text.
3. Is Esi a pioneer in her country? Discuss thoroughly using examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
The Ghanaian culture at the time of the novel is quite prone to sexism. Discuss one of the following:
1. Research the existence of sexism in Ghana and analyze Changes: A Love Story for its accuracy and/or inaccuracy in its portrayal of sexism.
2. Trace and analyze the theme of sexism throughout Changes: A Love Story. Who are the most obvious sexist? Who are perhaps subtly sexist? Are any of the characters free of sexism? Who? Why do you say so?
3. Research the existence of sexism in the United States and compare/contrast it to the sexism found in Changes: A Love Story.
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