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. When the Christmas Eve dinner guests start to leave, what does Mr. Salgado tell Triton to do?

2. What changes does Miss Nili's presence create in Mr. Salgado?

3. Wijetunga's radical idea about improving his country is to ___.

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

5. Who is Wijetunga?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the trip Mr. Salgado, Mr. Liyanage, and Triton take to the observatory.

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

3. Describe the tension that exists between Mr. Salgado and the journalist who comes to ask him questions about sea erosion.

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

5. How does Triton grow and evolve from "Part I, Kolla" to "Part II, Cook's Joy" in Reef?

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

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

9. Describe Nili's reaction when she accompanies Triton to the fish market.

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

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

Essay Topic 2

In Reef, the author uses foreshadowing extensively. Present and discuss three examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to signal future events.

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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