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. The cashier tells the narrator that he, too, has a:

2. Who used to own the car that belongs to the narrator at the start of the story?

3. The cashier experiences technical difficulties with what?

4. What does Mr. Salgado's house represent to Triton when he is a boy?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the gas station cashier want the narrator to speak with his boss?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain, in detail, why the following minor characters are important to the development of the story. What does each one contribute to the narrative?

1. Joseph.

2. Lucy-amma.

3. Wijetunga.

Essay Topic 2

A prominent symbol used throughout this book is the ocean. Explain what the ocean represents in terms of:

1. The main characters' lives.

2. The changing social and political climate of Sri Lanka.

3. Personal growth and transformation.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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