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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 feet.
(b) Twenty-five feet.
(c) Ten feet.
(d) Two hundred feet.

2. Who is William responsible for hiring?
(a) The peasants who do hard labor on the project.
(b) The master craftsmen who work under him.
(c) The members of the chapter.
(d) The apprentices who work under him.

3. Why did William of Planz design buttresses around the cathedral's outside walls?
(a) To balance out the large windows.
(b) For aesthetic purposes.
(c) To support the walls from buckling outward.
(d) To cover up seams in the walls.

4. After _______ more years of labor the walls of the choir and aisle are completed and work begins on the cathedral roof.
(a) Twenty.
(b) Five.
(c) Ten.
(d) Fifteen.

5. Does the floor plan show only the general outline?
(a) No, it also shows the location of stairs, doors, and windows.
(b) No, it also shows the locations of stairs, doors, and windows, and it illustrates how the new cathedral will interface with the existing crypt.
(c) Yes.
(d) No, it also shows how the new cathedral will interface with the existing crypt.

6. What does each master craftsman then establish?
(a) A workshop for their respective trade.
(b) A workshop for all the trades involved.
(c) A reputation.
(d) A place to live during the building of the cathedral.

7. In the twelfth century the people of Europe believed that God was ___________.
(a) Somewhat important.
(b) The most important force in their lives.
(c) Not important.
(d) Very important.

8. Why is the answer to number 74 hung from the top of the wall instead of rising from the ground?
(a) Because it must go very high.
(b) Because it is easier to build this way.
(c) Because the workmen are confused.
(d) Because it is safer hanging from the ceiling.

9. The chapter hires a ___________ architect named William of Planz.
(a) German.
(b) Scandinavian.
(c) French.
(d) Flemish.

10. Most importantly, the stone cutters work inside ___________.
(a) Adding mortar the the stone.
(b) Polishing the stone tracery, capitals, and sculptures.
(c) Dressing stone and cutting tracery, capitals, and sculptures.
(d) Designing the stone tracery, capitals, and sculptures.

11. From where does the cut stone come?
(a) Chantilly.
(b) Burgundy.
(c) Bavaria.
(d) Somme.

12. Huge roof timbers are ordered from __________.
(a) Scandinavia.
(b) Germany.
(c) Italy.
(d) Russia.

13. As the various workshops begin production, what do they require?
(a) Approval from the people of Chutreaux.
(b) Many meetings with the architect.
(c) Some basic tools.
(d) Various specialized tools.

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

15. Is Chutreaux, France a real place?
(a) No.
(b) Yes, but it was destroyed many centuries ago.
(c) Yes, but it is actually in England.
(d) Yes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who fabricates the metal components of the tools?

2. _______________ support the stones of the flying buttress while the mortar cures.

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

4. What is done with the Romanesque crypt?

5. Many simple laborers perform heavy manual labor. Where are these individuals from?

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