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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the start of the story, what does the narrator notice about the cashier?
(a) The cashier resembles him.
(b) The cashier looks frightened.
(c) The cashier looks drunk.
(d) The cashier is asleep.

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

3. Who stumbles towards the narrator and the cashier as the two are engrossed in conversation?
(a) Mutual friend.
(b) Distraught child.
(c) Drunk man.
(d) Police officer.

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

5. The cashier experiences technical difficulties with what?
(a) Paint drying unit.
(b) Pressurized hose.
(c) Jumper cables.
(d) Electronic till.

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

7. When the cashier mentions the part of Sri Lanka that he's from, what does the narrator think of?
(a) Oysters.
(b) Gold coins.
(c) Jasmine flowers.
(d) Pearls.

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

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

10. What does the word "kolla" mean in Sinhala?
(a) Soda.
(b) Boy.
(c) Reef.
(d) Beginnings.

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

12. How does Triton try to protect himself from Joseph when he's left alone with him in the house?
(a) He hides a big stick under his bed.
(b) He wears a necklace made of chili peppers.
(c) He carries a small pocketknife everywhere he goes.
(d) He rubs a raw onion all over his hands.

13. As a young servant for Mr. Salgado, Triton's regular duties include what?
(a) Organizing books and catching fish.
(b) Milking cows and gathering eggs.
(c) Watering plants and taking food to the poor.
(d) Serving tea and sweeping floors.

14. How long has the cashier been out of Sri Lanka?
(a) Seven years ago.
(b) Fairly recently.
(c) A year and a half.
(d) A decade.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the police and neighbors discover at house number eight?

2. How is Mr. Salgado associated with the narrator?

3. When Triton gets up to investigate the source of the sound in the house, he finds Joseph in Mr. Salgado's room. What is the man doing there?

4. Why are Triton and Joseph left alone at Mr. Salgado's house?

5. When Mr. Salgado returns from his trip and finds Joseph first missing and later drunk, what does he do?

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