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

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

3. Who provides the answer to number 29?

4. Where do they cut limestone?

5. How is the cut lumber transported to Chutreaux?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is William in charge of hiring?

2. What does the wall elevation show?

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

4. How do the flying buttresses work?

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

6. What does the carpenter do once the design has been approved?

7. What happens once the site is cleared?

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

9. How long has the cathedral been under construction at this point in the book?

10. Upon what are the flying buttresses built? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

All work on the cathedral stops in 1306.

Part 1) Why does all the work stop? How does this stoppage compare to others during the Middle Ages?

Part 2) How are the people of Chutreaux lucky? How do they help to bring this luck upon themselves?

Part 3) What does this stoppage say about perseverance and the desire of the people to see this cathedral completed?

Essay Topic 3

Training and discipline were required for the successful completion of this cathedral.

Part 1) Describe the training necessary for a project such as this. Could artisans today build it in a similar way? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why is discipline necessary? Is this type of discipline found in projects today? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on this project and its completion after eighty-six years?

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