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. Where are most of these skilled workers drawn from?

2. From where did much of the new lumber come?

3. The master quarryman supervises about ____________ men cutting limestone.

4. What is done with the Romanesque crypt?

5. The walls are complex and consist of piers, or _________, that support the vault and roof.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the wall elevation show?

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

3. What is first approved by the Bishop and the Chapter?

4. Why must many houses be demolished?

5. What does the floor plan show?

6. What is done first to the site to prepare it for the building of the new cathedral?

7. Describe the mortice-and-tenon construction method. How is this used in the construction of the cathedral?

8. What takes place during the winter months?

9. What takes place once the foundation is completed?

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

The spire is completed in 1331.

Part 1) What is the spire? What is the purpose of a spire?

Part 2) What might the spire signify to the people in regards to the cathedral?

Part 3) What other aspects of the cathedral stand out? What purpose do these architectural details serve?

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

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?

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