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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 complex series of foundation excavations are executed according to ___________.

2. Who fabricates the wood components of the tools?

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

4. _____________, a row of arches and a narrow passageway, rises twenty feet.

5. What kind of tools do the stone cutter's workshop and the carpenter's workshop require?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the drain pipes.

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

3. Describe the construction of the roof.

4. Describe the transportation of the lumber and stone.

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

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

7. How does the casting process for the bells begin? What is the purpose of the wax?

8. Why must many houses be demolished?

9. Describe the workings of the great wheel.

10. What happens in 1306?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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