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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mr. Salgado's house represent to Triton when he is a boy?
(a) A beautiful prison.
(b) Home away from home.
(c) A magical place to explore and enjoy.
(d) Center of the universe.

2. When Joseph is in Mr. Salgado's room, what does he do when Triton finds him there?
(a) Pushes the boy onto the bed.
(b) Runs out the door.
(c) Lets out a loud scream.
(d) Threatens the boy with a knife.

3. The cashier tells the narrator that he, too, has a:
(a) College education.
(b) Child.
(c) House.
(d) Dream.

4. Why is the cashier impressed with the narrator?
(a) He used to be a marine biologist.
(b) He owns a restaurant.
(c) He attends Oxford.
(d) He is a vegetarian.

5. What is Triton worried about, regarding being under Joseph's rule?
(a) That Joseph slits his throat.
(b) That he, too, becomes mean and corrupt.
(c) That he attacks the man to protect himself.
(d) That Joseph sells him to a passing tourist.

6. What color is the narrator's vehicle mentioned at the start of the story?
(a) Black.
(b) Red.
(c) Green.
(d) Cream.

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

8. What about Mr. Salgado captivates young Triton when they first meet?
(a) His gentle voice.
(b) His unusual glasses.
(c) His ever-present smile.
(d) His colorful shirts.

9. What vehicle does the narrator own when the story opens?
(a) Renault.
(b) Fiat.
(c) Volkswagen.
(d) Honda.

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

11. How does Joseph feel and act towards Triton?
(a) He treats him kindly.
(b) He largely ignores him.
(c) He takes him under his wing.
(d) He resents him.

12. Why does Triton seek refuge in the kitchen?
(a) Joseph does not go in there when onions are being prepared.
(b) He has a secret hiding place behind the kitchen pantry.
(c) It reminds him of the times he helps his mother in the kitchen.
(d) It's the only room in the house with a door that locks.

13. After taking care of his car, what does the narrator do at the start of the story?
(a) Assists another driver.
(b) Buys an ice cream cone.
(c) Drops his wallet.
(d) Records data in a logbook.

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

15. What do Triton, Mr. Salgado, and others in the neighborhood hear coming from house number eight?
(a) Terrible howl.
(b) Beautiful singing.
(c) Loud music.
(d) Piercing screams.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the individual who approaches the cashier and narrator begin to do?

2. At the start of the story, what does the narrator notice about the cashier?

3. When Triton finds himself alone with Joseph at Mr. Salgado's house, what is he afraid of?

4. One night, Triton dreams that there is a demon in the house, and in the morning he oversleeps. What does he tell Mr. Salgado that morning?

5. How long has the cashier been out of Sri Lanka?

(see the answer keys)

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