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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. How is the narrator’s viewpoint of blind people characterized in the beginning of the story?
(a) He is empathetic with them
(b) He is prejudiced against them
(c) He is assimilated with them
(d) He is an advocate for them

2. 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) Surfing on the waves of blindness
(b) Nothing else in my life up to now
(c) Looking through the rainbow
(d) Crossing into another world

3. What does the blind man remark about the narrator’s television set, saying, “Don’t ask me how, but I can tell”?
(a) That it is an old television set
(b) That the sound seems rough
(c) That it is a color television set
(d) That it is a small television set

4. What does the narrator’s wife say when she awakens as the narrator is drawing a cathedral?
(a) What are you doing? Tell me, I want to know
(b) What time is it? Why are you still awake?
(c) I’ve got to call my mother
(d) Where are the children?

5. The narrator says in the beginning of the story, “My idea of blindness came from” what?
(a) Magazines
(b) Word of mouth
(c) The movies
(d) Church sermons

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the blind man’s wife die?

2. What is the first thing the narrator says he draws in his attempt to recreate a cathedral for the blind man?

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

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

5. What did the blind man ask the narrator’s wife if he could do on her last day working for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the narrator’s perceptions of race illustrated in “Cathedral”?

2. What activity does the blind man suggest to the narrator during their discussion about cathedrals?

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

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

5. What prompts the narrator to begin speaking during the television show?

6. How does the narrator describe his experience in the final lines of the story?

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

8. How does the narrator’s wife describe Robert’s marriage prior to his arrival in the story?

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

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

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