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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Lucy-amma?
(a) The old cook-woman.
(b) The neighborhood matchmaker.
(c) The local school teacher.
(d) The young girl next door.

2. In the story, who is Joseph?
(a) Chauffeur.
(b) Merchant.
(c) Singer.
(d) Servant.

3. In response to the intrusion upon the conversation between him and the narrator, what does the cashier do?
(a) Shows the approaching individual the "Closed" sign.
(b) Hugs the individual who approached them.
(c) Takes out his pepper spray.
(d) Turns off the cubicle light.

4. Why are Triton and Joseph left alone at Mr. Salgado's house?
(a) Mr. Salgado takes Lucy-amma out for her birthday.
(b) Mr. Salgado and Lucy-amma take separate trips at the same time.
(c) Mr. Salgado is on vacation and Lucy-amma is in the hospital.
(d) Mr. Salgado is on a business trip and Lucy-amma is taking care of a dying relative.

5. At night, what does young Triton dream of?
(a) Revenge against Joseph.
(b) Revenge against Mr. Salgado.
(c) Going to the beach with the neighbor girl.
(d) Going back to his family.

6. Meticulous when it comes to creating lists, what does the narrator log after servicing his car?
(a) Mileage, date, and gasoline volume.
(b) Month, day, year, and length of car wash.
(c) Date, time, and paint batch number.
(d) Date, time, and battery model number.

7. The cashier says his Sri Lankan home is near what city?
(a) Maradankadawala.
(b) Silavatturai.
(c) Kuruwita.
(d) Colombo.

8. What does Triton say when Mr. Salgado asks him if he has any schooling?
(a) He's been to school, knows how to read and write, and speaks some English.
(b) He has some schooling but he does not like the teachers.
(c) He's been to school at the temple and is familiar with religious teachings.
(d) He has no time for school because he's had to help raise his siblings.

9. The haberdasher who stops by Mr. Salgado's house on Thursdays is one of the what who stops by regularly?
(a) Vendors.
(b) Gardeners.
(c) Researchers.
(d) Beggars.

10. How does Joseph react when Triton shortens the broom handle?
(a) Buys a new broom.
(b) Laughs good-naturedly.
(c) Complains bitterly.
(d) Locks him in the basement.

11. What compensation does Joseph get, and what warning does he get, at the end of "Kolla"?
(a) He receives severance pay and is warned to never come back.
(b) He receives a shirt and is warned to stay sober from now on.
(c) He is given a cake and is told to leave Lucy-amma alone.
(d) He is given a farewell party and told never to go near Triton again.

12. When Mr. Salgado takes a weekend trip to his cousin's tea estate, who is left in charge of the household?
(a) Joseph.
(b) A neighbor.
(c) Triton.
(d) Lucy-amma.

13. When the narrator and the cashier strike up a conversation, what does the narrator want to know?
(a) If there are many Sri Lankans living in London.
(b) If the cashier is from Sri Lanka.
(c) If there's a good Sri Lankan restaurant nearby.
(d) If the cashier knows what language is spoken in Sri Lanka.

14. Where does the cashier invite the narrator to?
(a) The deli.
(b) The garage.
(c) The office.
(d) The coffee shop.

15. Who used to own the car that belongs to the narrator at the start of the story?
(a) Joseph.
(b) Mr. Salgado.
(c) Miss Nili.
(d) Lucy-amma.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Triton takes a small red onion and cuts it into quarters, what does he intend to do?

2. Alone in the house, Triton falls asleep. When he is awakened by a sound, what does he think it is?

3. Why does the cashier turn off the outside lights?

4. Who stumbles towards the narrator and the cashier as the two are engrossed in conversation?

5. After the cashier shares information about himself with the narrator, what does he ask?

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