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. What does Triton find inside the cookbook he receives?

3. When Miss Nili and Mr. Salgado are out one evening, Triton wonders what his life is like if he ___.

4. During a trip to the bungalow observatory, how does Triton help out?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

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

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. 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?

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

Through young Triton's eyes, the reader views his world as filled with promise. At some point, though, the fabric that connects his life with those around him starts to unravel. Discuss in detail when and how a sense of unraveling commences in the narrative.

Essay Topic 3

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

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