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. For the holidays, what does Mr. Salgado bring home for the first time ever?

2. What does Miss Nili do a few days after the Christmas Eve party?

3. While working for Mr. Salgado, how does Triton educate himself?

4. How does Mr. Salgado feel when Miss Nili is around?

5. Why does Wijetunga tell Triton that children need an education?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. How does Triton prepare for Nili's move to Mr. Salgado's house?

6. Who is Nili?

7. During the festive dinner party at his home with Miss Nili and several other distinguished guests, what does Mr. Salgado talk about?

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

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

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

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 2

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?

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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