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SAT® Subject Test in Literature

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Significance Physical Contact

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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 phrases, “He found my hand” and “His fingers rode”.

As they are drawing together, twice we read, “He found my hand,” and then “His fingers rode my fingers as my hand went over the paper.”

What is the significance of the physical contact between Robert, the man who is blind, and the narrator?

A

It suggests they trust each other completely.

B

It reveals there is a sexual attraction between the two.

C

It suggests trouble is brewing.

D

It suggests that physical contact doesn’t always have to be sexual.

E

It reveals an intimacy that, whether sexual or not, dramatically affects the narrator.