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SAT® Subject Test in Literature

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I put / drew / I hung

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Follow the link to read the last 500 words of the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver. CTRL + F the following phrase “I put in windows”.

The narrator writes, “I PUT IN windows with arches. I DREW flying buttresses. I HUNG great doors.” How does the verb “hung” function differently than “I put in” and “I drew” to suggest something about the narrator?

A

‘Putting in’ and ‘drawing’ are activities the narrator would have done without the blind man’s presence, whereas ‘hung’ is more indicative of how unusual this moment is.

B

Hung most clearly suggests the narrator imagines he is really building the cathedral, significant because imagination is not the narrator’s strong suit.

C

Putting in the windows and drawing the buttresses are activities the blind man guides the narrator through more specifically, whereas hanging he doors is the narrator’s idea.

D

The windows and the buttresses were exemplified on the TV screen, whereas the great doors he made up on his own.

E

The narrator feels most proud of his level of imagination in drawings the doors.