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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 master quarryman supervises about ____________ men cutting limestone.

2. What are used to transport the materials through the city to the work site?

3. Who is William responsible for hiring?

4. As always, what interrupts most of the work for about five months?

5. The cut lumber is transported ___________ miles.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is William in charge of hiring?

4. Describe the buttresses and how they function.

5. How do the flying buttresses work?

6. What happens once the site is cleared?

7. What is the job of each master craftsman?

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

9. Why must many houses be demolished?

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

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 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

A rose window is created.

Part 1) What is a rose window? Why is it created? How is it created?

Part 2) What other aspects of the cathedral have more than a purely functional purpose?

Part 3) Is architecture today as aesthetically pleasing as these Gothic cathedrals? Why or why not?

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