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. Who hoists the materials out of the boats?

2. In the twelfth century the people of Europe believed that God was ___________.

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

4. As always, what interrupts most of the work for about five months?

5. The vault and ceiling put what on the piers and walls?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place during the winter months?

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

3. What is the job of each master craftsman?

4. Who makes the tools?

5. Where is the roof located? Of what does it consist?

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

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

8. Describe the transportation of the lumber and stone.

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

10. Describe the building of the scaffolding.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Training and discipline were required for the successful completion of this cathedral.

Part 1) Describe the training necessary for a project such as this. Could artisans today build it in a similar way? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why is discipline necessary? Is this type of discipline found in projects today? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on this project and its completion after eighty-six years?

Essay Topic 2

Several deaths are mentioned in this story.

Part 1) Describe these deaths. How do they occur? How do they affect construction of the cathedral?

Part 2) Would building projects today continue with deaths such as these? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do deaths like this occur in building projects today? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The illustrations throughout this book are very important.

Part 1) Describe the illustrations. How are these illustrations useful? Would this book be as understandable without the illustrations? Why or why not?

Part 2) What do these illustrations reveal about building in the Middle Ages? How might these illustrations compare to architectural drawings today?

Part 3) What do these illustrations reveal about technology, education, engineering, and architecture in the Middle Ages?

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