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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. When do Ali and Esi go to her family's village?
2. To which relatives does Ali finally talk?
3. What does Ali's father want Ali to do when meeting Esi's family?
4. What traditional rule has been already broken concerning Ali and Esi according to Opokuya?
5. What does Esi do after she drops Ali off at Hotel Twentieth Century?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Esi's conversation with Opokuya three months after ending her marriage with Ali.
2. What is Esi's mother's hesitation about Esi marrying Ali and what does Esi think about this?
3. Give the main highlights of Opokuya and Esi's conversation.
4. What does Esi find out about Ali's secretary and what does she decide to do?
5. Why is Opokuya feeling sorry for herself and what can she do about it?
6. What does Ali propose to Esi and what is her response?
7. What does Kubi relate when he returns from Esi's home and what do they conclude?
8. Who arrives at Esi's house while Ali is still there and what happens?
9. What happens that makes Fusena give her consent to Ali marrying Esi?
10. What does Esi feel after leaving Opokuya's home?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Changes: A Love Story could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Esi. Discuss the following:
1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."
2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Changes: A Love Story as a bildungsroman of Esi. Give specific examples. What does Esi learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?
3. Thoroughly trace and analyze Changes: A Love Story as a feminist story. Give specific examples. What does Eis learn? What does Opokuya learn? What would feminist say about Esi's actions? Opokuya's actions? Ali's actions? Oko's actions?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?
2. Analyze and discuss Changes: A Love Story based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Changes: A Love Story is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.
3. Do you think the fact that Changes: A Love Story is a feminist novel with a specific agenda changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.
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