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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 is Moody A.F.B. located?
(a) California
(b) New Jersey
(c) Georgia
(d) Kansas

2. From what narrative perspective is the story of “Cathedral” relayed?
(a) First-person limited point of view
(b) Third-person limited point of view
(c) Third-person omniscient point of view
(d) Second-person omniscient point of view

3. The narrator finds a pen for the blind man where in his house?
(a) In his desk drawer
(b) In a basket on his wife’s table
(c) In the garage
(d) On the kitchen counter

4. How does the narrator describe the blind man’s shoulders after his arrival?
(a) Broad
(b) Narrow
(c) Elevated
(d) Stooped

5. The narrator tells the blind man, “In those olden days, when they built cathedrals, men wanted to be” what?
(a) Different from each other
(b) Shielded from the weather
(c) Proud of something
(d) Close to God

Short Answer Questions

1. What word from the story refers to a tall, acutely pointed pyramidal roof or roof-like construction upon a tower?

2. How long does the narrator say he’s been in his current position (of employment) when asked by the blind man?

3. The narrator says that his wife first contacted the blind man after how much time had passed since she’d worked for him?

4. “Cathedral” is a short story that is driven by what literary element?

5. When does the narrator say his wife was to marry her fiancé when she worked for the blind man?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator’s wife respond when he turns on the television? What conversation ensues?

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

3. What role does alcoholism play in “Cathedral”?

4. What is signified by the narrator’s final lines in the story?

5. What is symbolized through the television set in the story?

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

7. Why does the narrator apologize to Robert during their discussion after his wife’s fallen asleep?

8. What does the blind man suggest when he feels the drawing is complete? How does the narrator respond?

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

10. What is the narrator’s prayer before dinner? How is the dinner described by the narrator?

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