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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 construction is the work site then prepared for?

2. How did all this lumber and stone get to Chutreaux?

3. Why are the new stonework and mortar covered in this?

4. How many masters does William hire?

5. This technique also allowed for more space for ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is first approved by the Bishop and the Chapter?

2. Why must many houses be demolished?

3. What takes place once the foundation is completed?

4. How do the flying buttresses work?

5. What is the master quarryman doing at the same time?

6. How long has the cathedral been under construction at this point in the book?

7. What is done with the cut limestone?

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

9. What types of tools are needed in the workshops?

10. What does the carpenter do once the design has been approved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several architects throughout the process of building this cathedral.

Part 1) Who are these architects? What role does each play in the construction of the cathedral?

Part 2) What must be known by an architect in the 12th century? Do you consider an architect today less skilled, as skilled, or more skilled? Why?

Part 3) How different might building a cathedral be today? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The cathedral has three huge doors.

Part 1) Describe these doors. How are they made?

Part 2) Why are they so large? How is the structure made to support these large doors?

Part 3) How might you feel walking in through this cathedral's large doors? How do these doors affect the aesthetics of the entire cathedral?

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