Changes: A Love Story Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Against what does Ali advise Esi?

2. What does Esi notice in Ali's voice when she phones him?

3. Why does Ali feel the gift is inappropriate?

4. Why is Esi feeling free and content?

5. What does Esi say her mother thinks concerning marrying Ali?

Short Essay Questions

1. What indication is there that Ali and Esi are starting to have difficulties in their relationship in Chapter 10?

2. Give the main highlights of Opokuya and Esi's conversation.

3. What is Esi's mother's hesitation about Esi marrying Ali and what does Esi think about this?

4. How is Ali conflicted on New Year's Eve?

5. How does Esi finally make a break with Ali near the end of their third year of marriage?

6. How does Esi being there help Opokuya out of a dilemma and what does every advise Esi to do?

7. Describe Esi's conversation with Opokuya three months after ending her marriage with Ali.

8. What does Esi's father ask Ali concerning his intentions to marry Esi, and what is Ali's response?

9. Why would it have been different if Oko had taken a second wife?

10. What does Esi find out about Ali's secretary and what does she decide to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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