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. What do Robert and the journalist want to know when they stop by to visit Mr. Salgado?

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

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

4. Triton recalls a time when he is making lasagna and Nili tells him that ___.

5. What does Triton serve the Christmas Eve dinner guests for dessert?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Triton feel about the sea?

6. 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?

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

8. Describe Triton's experience at the Christmas Eve dinner.

9. 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?

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

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

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.

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