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. How old is Lucy-amma?

2. Meticulous when it comes to creating lists, what does the narrator log after servicing his car?

3. Why does the cashier want the narrator to use his phone?

4. What does Triton say when Mr. Salgado asks him if he has any schooling?

5. Why does Triton seek refuge in the kitchen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does this story begin?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Triton do right after he fills up the tank of his old Volkswagen?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

One of the major themes in Reef is the following: "Regardless of our efforts, change is inevitable." Using three specific examples from the book, show how the author carries this theme through.

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