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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. The flying buttresses work by transferring downward forces from the walls to ___________.

2. _______ walls span some portions of the cathedrals.

3. To date, over how many men have been involved in this project?

4. Who fabricates the wood components of the tools?

5. Is Chutreaux, France a real place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the glass makers create the various shapes of glass?

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

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

4. When is the cathedral ready for the vaulted ceiling? What foundation is also built at the same time?

5. Describe the cathedral's three huge doors.

6. What happens to the Bishop in 1281?

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

8. How tall is the vaulted ceiling? What is used to support this massive structure?

9. Describe the glass for this cathedral and how it is installed.

10. Who is William in charge of hiring?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Stained glass is made for the windows.

Part 1) Describe the process of making stained glass. How might this process have been created?

Part 2) How might this process compare to the making of stained glass today?

Part 3) How are you affected by this and other processes involved in the construction of the cathedral? How has your opinion of design, architecture, science, and art been altered by this book and the processes described?

Essay Topic 2

A great wheel is used to hoist supplies for the vaulted ceiling.

Part 1) Describe this great wheel. How does it work to hoist supplies? What other machines are used to make the building of this cathedral possible?

Part 2) What does this machine reveal about the technology of the time? How does it compare to the technology of today?

Part 3) How have these early machines influenced the machines of today?

Essay Topic 3

Four bells are cast for the cathedral.

Part 1) Describe the process for creating these bells. How does learning about this process affect your feelings about these bells and other works of art?

Part 2) Why are the bells important to the cathedral? What purpose do they serve?

Part 3) Are bells in a cathedral still relevant today? Why or why not? What else is used for a similar purpose today?

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