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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. The flying buttresses work by transferring downward forces from the walls to ___________.

2. _______ walls span some portions of the cathedrals.

3. To date, over how many men have been involved in this project?

4. Who fabricates the wood components of the tools?

5. Is Chutreaux, France a real place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the glass makers create the various shapes of glass?

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

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

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

5. Describe the cathedral's three huge doors.

6. What happens to the Bishop in 1281?

7. What are used to remove some of the strain placed on the walls?

8. How tall is the vaulted ceiling? What is used to support this massive structure?

9. Describe the glass for this cathedral and how it is installed.

10. Who is William in charge of hiring?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The walls of the choir are constructed in three phases.

Part 1) What are these three phases? How are these three phases necessary?

Part 2) What are three other steps involved when making the walls of the cathedral? Why are these steps also necessary?

Part 3) How are these various steps and phases necessary when adding a roof to the structure?

Essay Topic 2

All work on the cathedral stops in 1306.

Part 1) Why does all the work stop? How does this stoppage compare to others during the Middle Ages?

Part 2) How are the people of Chutreaux lucky? How do they help to bring this luck upon themselves?

Part 3) What does this stoppage say about perseverance and the desire of the people to see this cathedral completed?

Essay Topic 3

The cathedral took eighty-six years to build.

Part 1) Could it have taken less time? Why or why not? How long might it take to build today? Why?

Part 2) Do any projects take as long today? How might people feel today if a project took this long? Why would they feel this way?

Part 3) How might the people involved in this project feel about its outcome? Why would they feel this way?

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