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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. Who controls funds in the church in Chutreaux?

2. Who is William responsible for hiring?

3. Why do the people of Chutreaux decide to honor God by building a new cathedral?

4. Where are most of these skilled workers drawn from?

5. For what do they cut timber?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What takes place once the foundation is completed?

3. How do the flying buttresses work?

4. What is the job of each master craftsman?

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

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

7. Where is the roof located? Of what does it consist?

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

9. What is done with the cut limestone?

10. Describe the buttresses and how they function.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The spire is completed in 1331.

Part 1) What is the spire? What is the purpose of a spire?

Part 2) What might the spire signify to the people in regards to the cathedral?

Part 3) What other aspects of the cathedral stand out? What purpose do these architectural details serve?

Essay Topic 3

Several deaths are mentioned in this story.

Part 1) Describe these deaths. How do they occur? How do they affect construction of the cathedral?

Part 2) Would building projects today continue with deaths such as these? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do deaths like this occur in building projects today? Why or why not?

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