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. Triton's wish to see more of the outside world comes true when Mr. Salgado takes him to ___.

2. Why is Mr. Salgado distracted on the drive to the observatory?

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

4. How does young Triton feel about the sea?

5. At the Christmas Eve dinner, who watches Miss Nili intently as she speaks?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Triton feel about the sea?

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Triton's earlier years in Sri Lanka and his later years in England.

1. How does he recreate some of his Sri Lankan existence in England?

2. How does he free himself from the ghosts of his past?

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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