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. Why does Triton seek refuge in the kitchen?

2. What languages does the cashier say he speaks?

3. After taking care of his car, what does the narrator do at the start of the story?

4. The haberdasher who stops by Mr. Salgado's house on Thursdays is one of the what who stops by regularly?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does this story begin?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the relationship between Triton and Joseph.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Reef, the author uses foreshadowing extensively. Present and discuss three examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to signal future events.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Triton, the narrator, with Mr. Salgado, the main character. Explain their differences and similarities. How does the reader view the world through the lens of the narrator? How does the narrator become one of the story's main characters?

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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