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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 Esi say her mother does not like about Esi and Ali's possible marriage?
2. What does Ali say when Fusena asks if Esi is Muslim?
3. What does Fusena realize when Ali's female relatives visit her?
4. What happens when Opokuya drives off with Esi's old car?
5. What does Esi say about Fusena?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Kubi and Oko's interaction.
2. What does the conversation between Ama and Aba concern at the opening to the second part of Changes?
3. For what does Ali apologize to his people and how does he rationalize his actions?
4. What does Esi find out about Ali's secretary and what does she decide to do?
5. What does Esi feel after leaving Opokuya's home?
6. Who arrives at Esi's house while Ali is still there and what happens?
7. What does Ali decide to do to assuage his guilt, but how does that only increase his guilt and Esi's shame?
8. How is Ali conflicted on New Year's Eve?
9. Why would it have been different if Oko had taken a second wife?
10. What surprises Esi about Ali when she is discussing his travels?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss one of the following in relation to Changes: A Love Story:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Esi and Opokuya. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either woman's beliefs more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Oko and Ali. How are they similar? How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
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
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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