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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. The cut lumber is transported ___________ miles.
(a) Very few.
(b) Two.
(c) Thousands of.
(d) Several.

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

5. Why are the new stonework and mortar covered in this?
(a) To make them more appealing.
(b) To decorate them.
(c) To keep them from cracking in the cold.
(d) To keep them from falling down.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do they cut limestone?

2. The chapter hires a ___________ architect named William of Planz.

3. The masons place the stones while who mix and apply the mortar?

4. The vault and ceiling put what on the piers and walls?

5. Finally, the new foundation for the apse and choir is _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the mortice-and-tenon construction method. How is this used in the construction of the cathedral?

2. How many men have been employed in this project so far? How long has this project been in process?

3. How much more work is done until the roof is begun?

4. What is done first to the site to prepare it for the building of the new cathedral?

5. What are used to remove some of the strain placed on the walls?

6. What is completed by this point in the book? How long has the cathedral been under construction?

7. Upon what are the flying buttresses built? Why?

8. What first takes place in the spring of 1253?

9. Describe the three phases of the construction of the walls of the choir.

10. What does the wall elevation show?

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