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. Who fabricates the metal components of the tools?

2. The buttresses must be built upon temporary wooden frames called ____________.

3. Most importantly, the stone cutters work inside ___________.

4. What happens to the old cathedral?

5. Does the floor plan show only the general outline?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is done with the cut limestone?

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

3. Why must many houses be demolished?

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

5. What is the job of each master craftsman?

6. What does the floor plan show?

7. Who makes the tools?

8. Describe the building of the scaffolding.

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

10. Describe the transportation of the lumber and stone.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The illustrations throughout this book are very important.

Part 1) Describe the illustrations. How are these illustrations useful? Would this book be as understandable without the illustrations? Why or why not?

Part 2) What do these illustrations reveal about building in the Middle Ages? How might these illustrations compare to architectural drawings today?

Part 3) What do these illustrations reveal about technology, education, engineering, and architecture in the Middle Ages?

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