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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does the cashier confirm to the narrator?
(a) He is from Sri Lanka.
(b) There is a huge community of Sri Lankans in London.
(c) There is a good Sri Lankan restaurant thirty miles away.
(d) His cousin teaches him a few words spoken in Sri Lanka.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As Triton waits to meet Mr. Salgado, he:

2. In response to the intrusion upon the conversation between him and the narrator, what does the cashier do?

3. Once inside the office, what does the narrator ask the cashier?

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

5. How old is Lucy-amma?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the start of the story, who does the narrator speak with?

2. When he is a boy, why does Triton regard Mr. Salgado's house as the "center of the universe"?

3. At the start of the story, how does the narrator try to help the cashier?

4. Who is the narrator of the story?

5. Why does Triton often seek refuge in Lucy-amma's kitchen?

6. What happens in 1962, when Triton's narration begins?

7. When Mr. Salgado leaves for a weekend trip to his cousin's tea estate, what additional responsibilities does he give Triton?

8. Where does this story begin?

9. What does the London cashier say about the situation back home in Sri Lanka?

10. The narrator speaks with a gas station cashier. How experienced is the cashier with his job?

(see the answer keys)

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