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. One evening, Miss Nili and Mr. Salgado argue about what to do because Nili wants to go out but Salgado wants to ___.

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

3. As Triton watches Mr. Salgado and Miss Nili taking a stroll down the beach, he imagines ___.

4. What does Miss Nili do after she and Mr. Salgado return from the inauguration party?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the relationship between Mr. Salgado and Miss Nili change after the Christmas Eve party?

2. Who is Nili?

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

4. What gift does Nili bring Triton on Christmas Eve after the dinner party?

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

6. How does Mr. Salgado's personality change after Nili moves into the house?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through several tense and trying episodes, Triton grows and gains new perspectives on life. Citing a specific example for each character listed, explaining how tense interactions with the following individuals help Triton to develop. What new perspectives does he gain through these difficult encounters?

1. Mr. Salgado.

2. Joseph.

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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