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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. The flying buttresses work by transferring downward forces from the walls to ___________.

2. _______ walls span some portions of the cathedrals.

3. To date, over how many men have been involved in this project?

4. Who fabricates the wood components of the tools?

5. Is Chutreaux, France a real place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the glass makers create the various shapes of glass?

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

3. Describe the mortice-and-tenon construction method. How is this used in the construction of the cathedral?

4. When is the cathedral ready for the vaulted ceiling? What foundation is also built at the same time?

5. Describe the cathedral's three huge doors.

6. What happens to the Bishop in 1281?

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

8. How tall is the vaulted ceiling? What is used to support this massive structure?

9. Describe the glass for this cathedral and how it is installed.

10. Who is William in charge of hiring?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many artisans were used in the building of this cathedral.

Part 1) Describe the various groups of artisans. How did they help to construct this cathedral?

Part 2) What might the training for these craftsman be like? How might this compare to similar craftsmen's training today?

Part 3) Are these types of artisans used in building projects today? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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