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 is done with the Romanesque crypt?

2. Who fabricates the wood components of the tools?

3. What construction is the work site then prepared for?

4. Pieces of cut limestone are hoisted out of the quarry. What are they cut into shape to match?

5. How many masters does William hire?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the three phases of the construction of the walls of the choir.

3. Describe the excavation of the foundation.

4. What is done with the cut limestone?

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

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

7. What does the wall elevation show?

8. What does the floor plan show?

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

10. Why must many houses be demolished?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The cathedral has three huge doors.

Part 1) Describe these doors. How are they made?

Part 2) Why are they so large? How is the structure made to support these large doors?

Part 3) How might you feel walking in through this cathedral's large doors? How do these doors affect the aesthetics of the entire cathedral?

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