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. The region of Sri Lanka that the cashier comes from is once what?

3. How long is the gas station cashier on the job?

4. What about Mr. Salgado captivates young Triton when they first meet?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the relationship between Triton and Joseph.

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the relationship between Triton and Mr. Salgado.

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

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

Analyze the transformation these characters experience from the start to the end of Triton's story. Include how, exactly, they evolve and which major factors trigger their growth and changes:

1. Triton.

2. Mr. Salgado.

3. Miss Nili.

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

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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