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. For what do they cut timber?

2. Each _____________ is mortared together.

3. William has much experience working on other cathedrals in _______________________.

4. By this time some work continues inside ___________.

5. As the walls grow higher the workmen build what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the wall elevation show?

2. How do the workmen reach the scaffolding?

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

4. Why must many houses be demolished?

5. What takes place once the foundation is completed?

6. Describe the building of the scaffolding.

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

8. Who is William in charge of hiring?

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

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

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

By 1338, the cathedral is completed.

Part 1) Summarize the process for building this cathedral. How does this new knowledge, as a whole affect you? What are your thoughts on this building project?

Part 2) How might the people of this town feel about the completion of this cathedral? Was all the work and money worth it? Why or why not?

Part 3) Are building projects today as monumental and important? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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