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. 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?

2. How does Triton try to protect himself from Joseph when he's left alone with him in the house?

3. Alone in the house, Triton falls asleep. When he is awakened by a sound, what does he think it is?

4. What does the cashier confirm to the narrator?

5. Although Mr. Salgado goes to the best schools in Colombo, he considers himself what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is the narrator of the story?

3. Describe the Volkswagen introduced in the first part of the book.

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

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

6. Where does this story begin?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through several tense and trying episodes, Triton grows and gains new perspectives on life. Citing a specific example for each character listed, explaining how tense interactions with the following individuals help Triton to develop. What new perspectives does he gain through these difficult encounters?

1. Mr. Salgado.

2. Joseph.

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

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?

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