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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does the blind man put his hand as the narrator begins to draw in the story?
(a) On the narrator’s face
(b) Over the narrator’s hand
(c) At the edge of the table
(d) On the paper

2. The blind man tells the narrator as he continues his drawing of the cathedral, “You got it, bub. I can tell. You didn’t think you could. But you can, can’t you? You’re cooking with” what?
(a) Grease
(b) Charcoal
(c) Dry tinder
(d) Gas now

3. When the blind man asks the narrator to describe a cathedral to him, what is the first thing the narrator says?
(a) They have a very broad foundation
(b) To begin with, they’re very tall
(c) The first things you notice are the intricate details
(d) You can’t look at one without seeing the arches

4. The man that the narrator’s wife was going to marry when she worked for the blind man was in what kind of school?
(a) Construction school
(b) Electrician school
(c) Officers’ training school
(d) Truck driving school

5. What does the blind man take from the backseat of the car when he and the narrator’s wife arrive at the narrator’s home?
(a) A hat
(b) A jacket
(c) A suitcase
(d) A book

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is McConnell A.F.B. located?

2. According to the narrator, the train ride from the blind man’s in-laws’ home to the narrator’s home takes how long?

3. Of his knowledge of cathedrals, the blind man says that he knows from the television show that they took how many workers to build?

4. In what year was “Cathedral” first published in a periodical?

5. What tool does the narrator note the blind man does not use after his arrival?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator feel about the blind man’s visit in the beginning of the story? What are his impressions of “the blind”?

2. Where in “Cathedral” does the climax of the narrative take place?

3. What are the narrator’s first impressions of Robert after his arrival? How is Robert dressed?

4. What drives the narrative plot of “Cathedral”? What effect does this have on the plot’s structure?

5. What does the narrator offer to Robert after his wife passes out? How does Robert respond?

6. How is the theme of creativity manifested through the protagonist at the end of the story?

7. How is the theme of alienation illustrated through the protagonist in the story?

8. Why does the narrator pity Beulah in the beginning of the story?

9. Where does the rising action take place in “Cathedral”?

10. What can the reader discern of the narrator’s jealousy through the exposition in the beginning of the story?

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