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

2. What do Triton, Mr. Salgado, and others in the neighborhood hear coming from house number eight?

3. When Triton gets up to investigate the source of the sound in the house, he finds Joseph in Mr. Salgado's room. What is the man doing there?

4. In the story, who is Joseph?

5. What languages does the cashier say he speaks?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who is the narrator of the story?

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

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

8. Through which character does the author choose to reveal the changing sociopolitical landscape of Sri Lanka across many decades?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the simplicity of Triton's life as a servant with the deep wisdom he exudes in his narration and philosophical musings. In what ways does Triton exhibit greater wisdom and maturity than the supposedly more important people he's talking about?

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

Compare and contrast Triton's earlier years in Sri Lanka and his later years in England.

1. How does he recreate some of his Sri Lankan existence in England?

2. How does he free himself from the ghosts of his past?

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