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. Alone in the house, Triton falls asleep. When he is awakened by a sound, what does he think it is?

2. When Mr. Salgado returns from his trip and finds Joseph first missing and later drunk, what does he do?

3. After recording information about his car, what does the narrator do?

4. When Triton takes a small red onion and cuts it into quarters, what does he intend to do?

5. What does the cashier confirm to the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does this story begin?

2. After Miss Nili quits her job at The Sea Hopper Hotel, she spends much more time with Mr. Salgado. In what ways does he become more like her during this phase?

3. For Christmas, what does Mr. Salgado do for the first time since Triton came to work for him?

4. Why is the death of Sri Lanka's "most flamboyant millionaire" a hot topic of conversation among Mr. Salgado, Miss Nili, and their circle of friends?

5. Despite his misgivings, Mr. Salgado accepts the job offered to him by his friend, Mr. Dias Liyanage. How does this affect Triton?

6. Describe Triton's and Mr. Salgado's first months in London.

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

8. What does the London cashier say about the situation back home in Sri Lanka?

9. What transformations does the household undergo after Miss Nili moves into Mr. Salgado's house?

10. Why is young Triton brought to Mr. Salgado's home?

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

From your perspective, is Mr. Salgado an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist? Support your answer with several examples from the book.

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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