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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As the new cathedral is to be enormous, the foundation is dug to what depth?
(a) Twenty-five feet.
(b) Two hundred feet.
(c) Ten feet.
(d) Twenty feet.

2. Why are many houses demolished?
(a) The new cathedral is in a different style from these homes.
(b) The owners have not paid their mortgages.
(c) The new cathedral is much larger than the old one.
(d) The houses are not pleasing to the eye.

3. William produces a floor plan and a wall elevation drawing. What is it based on?
(a) Sheets of papyrus.
(b) A chalkboard.
(c) Sheets of paper.
(d) Sheets of plaster.

4. What happens to the old cathedral?
(a) It is demolished.
(b) It is moved.
(c) It is not touched.
(d) It is altered.

5. The outward buckling force is then transferred from the piers and walls to the buttresses by arches known as ___________.
(a) Flinging buttresses.
(b) Singing buttresses.
(c) Flying buttresses.
(d) Sailing buttresses.

6. The master quarryman supervises about ____________ men cutting limestone.
(a) Thirty thousand.
(b) Thirty.
(c) Three thousand.
(d) Three hundred.

7. The arcade of piers rises how far from the foundation?
(a) Eighty feet.
(b) One hundred twenty.
(c) One hundred forty.
(d) One hundred feet.

8. William has much experience working on other cathedrals in _______________________.
(a) France, Germany, and Sweden.
(b) France, Italy, and England.
(c) France, Brussels, and Italy.
(d) France, England, and Germany.

9. The foundation is built to ___________ standards.
(a) Exacting.
(b) Somewhat accurate.
(c) Poor.
(d) Mediocre.

10. The flying buttresses work by transferring downward forces from the walls to ___________.
(a) The piers.
(b) The hurdles.
(c) The centerings.
(d) The buttresses.

11. Most of the walls are two vertical walls with a space between that is filled with ___________.
(a) Straw.
(b) Stone.
(c) Insulation.
(d) Concrete.

12. _____________, a row of arches and a narrow passageway, rises twenty feet.
(a) The trefoils.
(b) The emporium.
(c) The pier.
(d) The triforium.

13. Who fabricates the wood components of the tools?
(a) The cooper.
(b) The woodworkers.
(c) The blacksmith.
(d) The wheelwright.

14. The vault and ceiling put what on the piers and walls?
(a) An upward strain.
(b) A lateral strain.
(c) A horizontal strain.
(d) A downward strain.

15. As the mortar cures what does it do?
(a) It binds the stones to each other.
(b) It binds the timbers to each other.
(c) It binds the bricks to each other.
(d) It binds the pieces of glass to each other.

Short Answer Questions

1. What construction is the work site then prepared for?

2. This typical ________ architecture technique allowed the piers to remain thin relative to their height.

3. Why are the walls filled with this?

4. Is Chutreaux, France a real place?

5. The buttresses must be built upon temporary wooden frames called ____________.

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