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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

God was important to the people of the 12th century.

Part 1) Describe his importance. Why was He important?

Part 2) How does His importance lead to the building of this cathedral? What aspects of this cathedral are made to honor Him?

Part 3) How do people show the importance of their religious beliefs today? How does this compare to the 12th century?

Essay Topic 2

There are several architects throughout the process of building this cathedral.

Part 1) Who are these architects? What role does each play in the construction of the cathedral?

Part 2) What must be known by an architect in the 12th century? Do you consider an architect today less skilled, as skilled, or more skilled? Why?

Part 3) How different might building a cathedral be today? Why?

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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