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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is Opokuya happy for Esi?
2. What traditional rule has been already broken concerning Ali and Esi according to Opokuya?
3. What does Esi say her mother does not like about Esi and Ali's possible marriage?
4. What does Esi propose she and Ali do as far as her family?
5. What is the worst time of the year for Esi?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Polygamy is against the law in the United States, but many other countries, including Ghana used to allow men to have multiple wives but not wives having multiple husbands. Discuss the following:
1. What does it say about a culture that allows men to have several wives, but not the reverse? Discuss this in relation to Changes: A Love Story.
2. How do you think women are viewed in countries where polygamy is legal or at least not prosecuted? Discuss this in terms of Esi in Changes: A Love Story.
3. Should polygamy be controlled by law and what are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing polygamy?
4. Discuss the way you think a household with multiple wives would work, i.e., would one wife be in charge of the others and what about the children?
5. If polygamy were legal in your country for either men or woman, would you consider more than one husband or wife? Explain why or why not.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Setting as far as place and time play an important role in Changes: A Love Story. Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the setting of that time (late 1900s) from how it would be today. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.
2. Do you think Changes: A Love Story would be different if it were set in the United States? Consider the cultural differences as you discuss the way the story would change is set in the United States.
3. Discuss some of the differences between the United States and Ghana, as far as the relationship between men and women and gender expectations. What are some similarities?
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