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 do the police and neighbors discover at house number eight?

2. How long has the narrator been out of Sri Lanka?

3. When the cashier mentions the part of Sri Lanka that he's from, what does the narrator think of?

4. In the story, who is Joseph?

5. After escaping from Joseph, where does Triton go to wait?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the relationship between Triton and Joseph.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what makes this a "coming of age" story about Triton, the narrator. Cite specific examples. Analyze three important lessons Triton learns as he grows up in Mr. Salgado's unique household. Do you feel he learns these lessons if he instead stays home with his family? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

When she enters his life, and before she leaves him, Miss Nili "rescues" Mr. Salgado. Explain how she does this. Then, explain how the tables turn at the end of the story. How does Mr. Salgado become Miss Nili's rescuer?

Essay Topic 3

Describe in detail several of the images the author creates through his narrative to bring the tropical Sri Lankan setting to life for the reader.

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