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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 think of as home?
2. What does Opokuya notice on Esi when she visits one day?
3. What does Ali seem like the type of man to Esi?
4. What does Esi say her mother thinks concerning marrying Ali?
5. Why is Esi upset about Oko's mother concerning Ogyaanowa?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens after the trip to Bamako?
2. How is Esi feeling after a year of marriage to Ali?
3. Who arrives at Esi's house while Ali is still there and what happens?
4. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?
5. Why is Opokuya feeling sorry for herself and what can she do about it?
6. What does Opokuya wonder about Fusena, Ali's first wife?
7. How does Esi being there help Opokuya out of a dilemma and what does every advise Esi to do?
8. Describe Kubi and Oko's interaction.
9. What does the conversation between Ama and Aba concern at the opening to the second part of Changes?
10. For what does Ali apologize to his people and how does he rationalize his actions?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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