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 does Triton try to protect himself from Joseph when he's left alone with him in the house?

2. Does the cashier understand the suggestions the narrator gives him in a Sri Lankan language?

3. How old is Triton when he goes to work for Mr. Salgado?

4. How is Mr. Salgado associated with the narrator?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Volkswagen introduced in the first part of the book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author use a story told by a former servant boy as a tool to educate readers about the nation of Sri Lanka, including its culture, people, geographical attributes, and recent social and political unrest? Do you feel this is an effective tool? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the tragic romance between Miss Nili and Mr. Salgado. Discuss the main stages of their relationship. What draws them together? What tears them apart? How is redemption found in the end?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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