Reef Test | Final 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. As Miss Nili and Mr. Salgado get ready to attend the Mahaweli Scheme inauguration party, Triton gets the sense that things are ___.

2. Which of the following is NOT included in the "Five Lessons" Wijetunga speaks of to Triton?

3. How does Nili feel about the food Triton prepares?

4. While working for Mr. Salgado, how does Triton educate himself?

5. How does Wijetunga, Mr. Salgados' assistant, change in Part III of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Triton's name a fitting choice in light of the story's theme and setting?

2. During the festive dinner party at his home with Miss Nili and several other distinguished guests, what does Mr. Salgado talk about?

3. Problems start to appear in the relationship between Miss Nili and Mr. Salgado, and she's in a very bad mood right before a poker party. What does she do during the party, and how does Mr. Salgado react?

4. Who is Nili?

5. How does Mr. Salgado's personality change after Nili moves into the house?

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

7. How does Triton feel about the sea?

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

9. Explain how the ocean is used as a significant symbol in "Part III, A Thousand Fingers".

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain, in detail, why the following minor characters are important to the development of the story. What does each one contribute to the narrative?

1. Joseph.

2. Lucy-amma.

3. Wijetunga.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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