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SAT® Subject Test in Literature

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Theme of Not Inside Anything

SATLIT-LLTTE8

Follow the link to read the last 500 words of the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver. Then Command / CNTRL + F the phrase, “I was in my house”.

What theme is suggested in the narrator’s second to last line, which is, “I was in my house. I knew that. But I didn’t feel like I was inside anything.”?

A

Encounters with new experiences create a sense that you are losing your foundation.

B

Spiritual experiences make one feel weightless.

C

Transformative experiences are mind numbing.

D

Learning takes us to places we have never before experienced.

E

If you want to learn something new, you must be willing to give up the beliefs you have previously firmly held.