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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. Why are the new stonework and mortar covered in this?

2. This typical ________ architecture technique allowed the piers to remain thin relative to their height.

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

4. The space between piers is filled with tracery. What is tracery?

5. For what do they cut timber?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the bells in the belfry.

2. How is the ceiling constructed?

3. When is the transept and most of its vaulting completed?

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

5. Who makes the tools?

6. What takes place during the winter months?

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

8. Describe the workings of the great wheel.

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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