Reef Test | Mid-Book 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. How is Mr. Salgado associated with the narrator?

2. How old is Triton when he goes to work for Mr. Salgado?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is young Triton brought to Mr. Salgado's home?

2. What are young Triton's main duties at Mr. Salgado's house?

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

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

5. During their first meeting, how does Triton reply when Mr. Salgado asks if he's been to school?

6. Describe the relationship between Triton and Mr. Salgado.

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

8. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

10. When the cashier asks the narrator if he lives close by, what does the man reply?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although he starts out without any cooking skills, Triton evolves into an accomplished chef. Analyze how this culinary evolution mirrors Triton's personal transformation with respect to his self-esteem, confidence, and self-perception.

Essay Topic 2

When she enters his life, and before she leaves him, Miss Nili "rescues" Mr. Salgado. Explain how she does this. Then, explain how the tables turn at the end of the story. How does Mr. Salgado become Miss Nili's rescuer?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the relationship between Miss Nili and Triton. How does she try to help him? How does Triton respond? Does he have a secret crush on her? Why or why not? How do his thoughts about her evolve as he grows?

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