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

2. Is Chutreaux, France a real place?

3. What kind of tools do the stone cutter's workshop and the carpenter's workshop require?

4. How long has the project taken?

5. Who controls funds in the church in Chutreaux?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the drain pipes.

3. What is significant about 1311, 1329, and 1330?

4. Why must many houses be demolished?

5. Describe the creation of the spire.

6. What does the floor plan show?

7. Describe the buttresses and how they function.

8. Describe the building of the scaffolding.

9. How is the stone for the vaulted ceiling lifted?

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

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

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 3

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?

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