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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of tools do the stone cutter's workshop and the carpenter's workshop require?

2. The foundation for the apse and choir is completed after about how many months of work?

3. For what do they cut timber?

4. What else is done to this location?

5. The master quarryman supervises about ____________ men cutting limestone.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is done with the cut limestone?

2. Who is William in charge of hiring?

3. Why must many houses be demolished?

4. Describe the excavation of the foundation.

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

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

7. What does the floor plan show?

8. Who is in charge of Chutreaux? How do they deal with the hiring of the architect for this new cathedral?

9. Who makes the tools?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

By 1338, the cathedral is completed.

Part 1) Summarize the process for building this cathedral. How does this new knowledge, as a whole affect you? What are your thoughts on this building project?

Part 2) How might the people of this town feel about the completion of this cathedral? Was all the work and money worth it? Why or why not?

Part 3) Are building projects today as monumental and important? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The cathedral took eighty-six years to build.

Part 1) Could it have taken less time? Why or why not? How long might it take to build today? Why?

Part 2) Do any projects take as long today? How might people feel today if a project took this long? Why would they feel this way?

Part 3) How might the people involved in this project feel about its outcome? Why would they feel this way?

Essay Topic 3

All work on the cathedral stops in 1306.

Part 1) Why does all the work stop? How does this stoppage compare to others during the Middle Ages?

Part 2) How are the people of Chutreaux lucky? How do they help to bring this luck upon themselves?

Part 3) What does this stoppage say about perseverance and the desire of the people to see this cathedral completed?

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