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 do the various dashed lines between the piers on the floor plan show?

2. The walls are complex and consist of piers, or _________, that support the vault and roof.

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

4. Are these drawings approved?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is done with the cut limestone?

2. Describe the building of the scaffolding.

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

4. Why must many houses be demolished?

5. What does the wall elevation show?

6. What is completed by this point in the book? How long has the cathedral been under construction?

7. What are used to remove some of the strain placed on the walls?

8. What takes place once the foundation is completed?

9. How do the workmen reach the scaffolding?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The walls of the choir are constructed in three phases.

Part 1) What are these three phases? How are these three phases necessary?

Part 2) What are three other steps involved when making the walls of the cathedral? Why are these steps also necessary?

Part 3) How are these various steps and phases necessary when adding a roof to the structure?

Essay Topic 2

Stained glass is made for the windows.

Part 1) Describe the process of making stained glass. How might this process have been created?

Part 2) How might this process compare to the making of stained glass today?

Part 3) How are you affected by this and other processes involved in the construction of the cathedral? How has your opinion of design, architecture, science, and art been altered by this book and the processes described?

Essay Topic 3

Buttresses were used when building this cathedral.

Part 1) What are buttresses? What purpose do they serve? Are they necessary? Why or why not?

Part 2) What are three other aspects of the cathedral that are necessary during the building process? How are they necessary?

Part 3) Why are buttresses not needed today? What is still needed during a building project today? Why?

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