Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 are used to transport the materials through the city to the work site?

2. To whom are the drawings presented?

3. Once the site is cleared, the location of what are surveyed?

4. How many masters does William hire?

5. Why are the walls filled with this?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the workmen reach the scaffolding?

2. What is the job of each master craftsman?

3. What first takes place in the spring of 1253?

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

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

6. Why must many houses be demolished?

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

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

9. Describe the buttresses and how they function.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The plans for the cathedral are much like other Gothic cathedrals.

Part 1) Describe the cathedral's plans. How are they like the plans for other Gothic cathedrals?

Part 2) Are buildings constructed in this style today? Why or why not? How might the planning process be different for a Gothic cathedral today?

Part 3) Compare Gothic architecture to modern architecture. What similarities exist? What are the differences?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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