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 leads the church in Chutreaux?

2. _______________ support the stones of the flying buttress while the mortar cures.

3. How is the cut lumber transported to Chutreaux?

4. The buttresses must be built upon temporary wooden frames called ____________.

5. What happens to a portion of the Bishop's palace?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens in 1306?

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

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

4. What happens after the webbing has set hard?

5. When is the transept and most of its vaulting completed?

6. Describe the workings of the great wheel.

7. What is the step that takes place after the ribs are completed?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Stained glass is made for the windows.

Part 1) Describe the process of making stained glass. How might this process have been created?

Part 2) How might this process compare to the making of stained glass today?

Part 3) How are you affected by this and other processes involved in the construction of the cathedral? How has your opinion of design, architecture, science, and art been altered by this book and the processes described?

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

There are several architects throughout the process of building this cathedral.

Part 1) Who are these architects? What role does each play in the construction of the cathedral?

Part 2) What must be known by an architect in the 12th century? Do you consider an architect today less skilled, as skilled, or more skilled? Why?

Part 3) How different might building a cathedral be today? Why?

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