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

2. Where do they cut limestone?

3. How did all this lumber and stone get to Chutreaux?

4. Are these drawings approved?

5. Why do the people of Chutreaux decide to honor God by building a new cathedral?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the floor plan show?

3. Why must many houses be demolished?

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

5. How much more work is done until the roof is begun?

6. Who makes the tools?

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

8. What takes place once the foundation is completed?

9. Who is William in charge of hiring?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Four bells are cast for the cathedral.

Part 1) Describe the process for creating these bells. How does learning about this process affect your feelings about these bells and other works of art?

Part 2) Why are the bells important to the cathedral? What purpose do they serve?

Part 3) Are bells in a cathedral still relevant today? Why or why not? What else is used for a similar purpose today?

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

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?

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