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 produces a floor plan and a wall elevation drawing. What is it based on?

2. These buttresses look like ___________.

3. Who fabricates the wood components of the tools?

4. Finally, the new foundation for the apse and choir is _______________.

5. From where does the cut stone come?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the workmen reach the scaffolding?

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

4. Describe the buttresses and how they function.

5. What does the wall elevation show?

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

7. Why must many houses be demolished?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

By 1338, the cathedral is completed.

Part 1) Summarize the process for building this cathedral. How does this new knowledge, as a whole affect you? What are your thoughts on this building project?

Part 2) How might the people of this town feel about the completion of this cathedral? Was all the work and money worth it? Why or why not?

Part 3) Are building projects today as monumental and important? Why or why not?

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 walls of the choir are constructed in three phases.

Part 1) What are these three phases? How are these three phases necessary?

Part 2) What are three other steps involved when making the walls of the cathedral? Why are these steps also necessary?

Part 3) How are these various steps and phases necessary when adding a roof to the structure?

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