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. When Joseph leaves and Triton is left alone in the house, how does the boy feel?

2. Why is the cashier impressed with the narrator?

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

4. How does Joseph react when Triton shortens the broom handle?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In the opening scene, what kind of trouble does the cashier experience?

2. In "Part 1, Kolla", why is Triton left alone in Mr. Salgado's house?

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

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

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

6. Describe the relationship between Triton and Joseph.

7. Where does this story begin?

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

9. At the end of the first section, what does the narrator begin to talk about with the gas station cashier?

10. What happens when Mr. Salgado returns home from his trip to the tea estate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what makes this a "coming of age" story about Triton, the narrator. Cite specific examples. Analyze three important lessons Triton learns as he grows up in Mr. Salgado's unique household. Do you feel he learns these lessons if he instead stays home with his family? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Referring to specific passages from the book, explain the commentary the author makes regarding each of the following:

1. Human flaws.

2. Human resilience.

3. The persistence of hopes and dreams.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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