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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. In what city did the blind man’s wife die?
(a) San Antonio
(b) Seattle
(c) Sacramento
(d) Springfield

2. What was the narrator’s response when the blind man asks if he likes his work?
(a) I was growing to love it
(b) I despised it
(c) I loved it
(d) I didn’t

3. As the narrator continues his drawing of the cathedral, he comments near the end of the story, “His fingers rode my fingers as my hand went over the paper. It was like” what?
(a) Crossing into another world
(b) Looking through the rainbow
(c) Surfing on the waves of blindness
(d) Nothing else in my life up to now

4. The narrator’s wife tells him early in the story, “if you had a friend, any friend, and the friend came to visit, I’d” what?
(a) Get along with him
(b) Make him feel comfortable
(c) Pretend to like him
(d) Tell him some stories

5. Why does the narrator’s wife say she shouldn’t be smoking this when she is passed the joint in the story?
(a) It makes me too talkative
(b) It is the devil’s weed
(c) I could get drug tested
(d) I can barely keep my eyes open as it is

Short Answer Questions

1. When the narrator’s wife first contacted the blind man after working for him, she called him from what facility?

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 in the beginning of the story, “My idea of blindness came from” what?

4. The narrator’s wife commented to the blind man through their first correspondence that she loved her husband but she didn’t love what?

5. Where did Raymond Carver earn his Bachelor of Arts degree?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator attempt to describe a cathedral to Robert?

2. How is the theme of transformation illustrated through the narrator’s wife in the story? When did her “transformation” take place with the blind man?

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

4. What is “minimalist fiction” and how does it apply to “Cathedral”?

5. How does the reader gain insight into the narrator’s prejudices against blindness in the story?

6. How does the narrator characterize his usual evenings in the story? What does this indicate about his character?

7. What does the narrator ask Robert regarding cathedrals in the story? Why? How does Robert respond?

8. How does the narrator describe the scene once his wife has gone upstairs after dinner?

9. How is the theme of creativity illustrated through the protagonist in the beginning of “Cathedral”?

10. Why does the narrator say the blind man is coming to visit in the beginning of the story?

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