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. Once the site is cleared, the location of what are surveyed?

2. The complex series of foundation excavations are executed according to ___________.

3. As the various workshops begin production, what do they require?

4. The piers of the choir of Chutreaux will be ________ feet high and six to eight feet thick.

5. Who is William responsible for hiring?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the building of the scaffolding.

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

5. What is the job of each master craftsman?

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

7. How do the workmen reach the scaffolding?

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

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

10. Who makes the tools?

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

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

The organizing of the building of this cathedral is very precise and orderly.

Part 1) Describe the steps involved in designing and constructing this cathedral? How is each step important?

Part 2) How is each aspect of the building project connected to another? How important is one step to another? Are there any flaws in this plan? If so, what are they? If not, how are there no flaws?

Part 3) Are the building projects as organized today? Why or why not? Are they as laborious? Why or why not?

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