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. Who is Wijetunga?

2. What does Triton do while the men at the poker party chat over drinks?

3. What does Miss Nili drop during the Christmas Eve dinner?

4. What kind of fish does Triton purchase from a group of fishermen?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Who is Nili?

3. How does Triton feel about the sea?

4. What happens after Mr. Salgado accuses Miss Nili of sleeping with Robert?

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

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

7. When his friend, Mr. Dias Liyanage, offers Mr. Salgado a job with a foundation interested in the coral business, why is Mr. Salgado reluctant to take this job?

8. How does the relationship between Mr. Salgado and Miss Nili change after the Christmas Eve party?

9. How does the personal transformation of Wijetunga, Mr. Salgado's work assistant, reflect the transformation taking place in Sri Lanka?

10. What does Mr. Salgado do on Christmas Eve?

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

Referring to specific passages from the book, explain the commentary the author makes regarding each of the following:

1. Human flaws.

2. Human resilience.

3. The persistence of hopes and dreams.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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