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

2. From where does the cut stone come?

3. As the walls grow higher the workmen build what?

4. The space between piers is filled with tracery. What is tracery?

5. Once the design has been approved the master carpenter takes about ___________ men into the forest of Chantilly and cuts timber.

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place during the winter months?

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

3. Who makes the tools?

4. Describe the building of the scaffolding.

5. Who is William in charge of hiring?

6. How many men have been employed in this project so far? How long has this project been in process?

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

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

9. What is the job of each master craftsman?

10. How long has the cathedral been under construction at this point in the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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