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. What does the word "kolla" mean in Sinhala?

2. When the cashier experiences technical difficulties, what does he consider doing?

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

4. When Mr. Salgado takes a weekend trip to his cousin's tea estate, who is left in charge of the household?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Salgado react when Triton shows him a newspaper story about a symposium on "Man and Coral"?

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

3. How does Triton grow and develop further in London?

4. Explain how at the end of the story, the novel comes full circle.

5. What gift does Nili bring Triton on Christmas Eve after the dinner party?

6. At the start of the story, who does the narrator speak with?

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

8. Describe Nili's reaction when she accompanies Triton to the fish market.

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

10. Who is Nili?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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