|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is Esi's being at Opokuya a blessing for Opokuya?
2. What does Esi say her mother thinks concerning marrying Ali?
3. What is Opokuya thinking of doing before going to the hospital early the next morning?
4. What does Esi say about monogamy?
5. What does Esi not want to remember?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Esi finally make a break with Ali near the end of their third year of marriage?
2. Why is Opokuya feeling sorry for herself and what can she do about it?
3. What does Ali propose to Esi and what is her response?
4. What surprises Esi about Ali when she is discussing his travels?
5. Who arrives at Esi's house while Ali is still there and what happens?
6. What does the conversation between Ama and Aba concern at the opening to the second part of Changes?
7. What happens after the trip to Bamako?
8. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?
9. What does Opokuya wonder about Fusena, Ali's first wife?
10. What insecurities and fears does it bring up for Fusena when Ali mentions that his intended second wife has a university degree?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
Over the past several hundred years, many emigrants have moved to the United States seeking relief from oppressive governments or oppressive cultural mores. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think Esi or few females from Ghana move away (besides economics).
2. Discuss some of the things that would drive you to leave your home country to move to a new country and different culture.
3. If there is nothing that would make you leave your home country, discuss what about your country makes you want to live there for your entire life.
4. If you lived in a strongly patriarchal country, would you want to move to a different country? Discuss in relation to Changes: A Love Story.
This section contains 1,373 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)