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. In the spring of _________ the Bishop of Chutreaux blesses the first foundation stone and it is lowered into the excavated foundations.

2. What are used to transport the materials through the city to the work site?

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

4. Many simple laborers perform heavy manual labor. Where are these individuals from?

5. Why did William of Planz design buttresses around the cathedral's outside walls?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is done with the cut limestone?

5. Describe the building of the scaffolding.

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

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

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

9. What happens once the site is cleared?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1280 is a year that marks a huge transitional period in the construction of the cathedral.

Part 1) Describe the events that take place during this year. How is this a transitional period?

Part 2) Why is work not interrupted? What does this say about the organization of this project?

Part 3) What other periods of significance exist in the building of this cathedral? How are these periods significant?

Essay Topic 2

A rose window is created.

Part 1) What is a rose window? Why is it created? How is it created?

Part 2) What other aspects of the cathedral have more than a purely functional purpose?

Part 3) Is architecture today as aesthetically pleasing as these Gothic cathedrals? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The plans for the cathedral are much like other Gothic cathedrals.

Part 1) Describe the cathedral's plans. How are they like the plans for other Gothic cathedrals?

Part 2) Are buildings constructed in this style today? Why or why not? How might the planning process be different for a Gothic cathedral today?

Part 3) Compare Gothic architecture to modern architecture. What similarities exist? What are the differences?

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