Cathedral 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. The narrator tells the blind man, “In those olden days, when they built cathedrals, men wanted to be” what?

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

3. What was the last part of the blind man’s tape that the narrator heard when his wife played it for him?

4. Regarding the view from the train, the narrator says, “going to New York, you should sit” where on the train?

5. By what familyar nickname does the blind man call the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the beginning of the television show about the church described?

2. How does the narrator describe Robert’s arrival in the story?

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

4. Where in the story do you see the first elements of transformation in the protagonist?

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

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

7. How does the narrator describe his wife’s last in-person meeting with the blind man?

8. How is the post-dinner conversation described by the narrator? What prompts him to turn on the television?

9. What are the narrator’s perceptions of Robert’s marriage as his wife describes it in the beginning of the story?

10. How is the narrator’s “blind drawing” experience described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the marriage of the narrator and his wife and the marriage of Robert and Beulah as seen in the text. How are these relationships similar? How do they differ?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the narrator’s wife in “Cathedral.” How old do you approximate this character to be? What qualities does the wife exhibit through her actions in the story? Based upon the author’s dialogue, how would you characterize the narrator’s relationship with his wife?

Essay Topic 3

Define “foreshadowing” in narrative literature and discuss examples of foreshadowing in “Cathedral.” How is the topic of religion foreshadowed in the dinner scene and later explored in the ending of the story? What else does the author foreshadow? What purpose does this example serve in the narrative? Does it build suspense? Does it create humor?

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