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. As the mortar cures what does it do?

2. How did all this lumber and stone get to Chutreaux?

3. Where are most of these skilled workers drawn from?

4. ______________, stone tracery and sixty-foot high windows, rises sixty feet for a total vertical rise of 160 feet.

5. Workmen reach the scaffolding by using ______________ built into the walls of the cathedral.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who makes the tools?

2. How do the flying buttresses work?

3. What does the floor plan show?

4. What does the carpenter do once the design has been approved?

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

6. What takes place once the foundation is completed?

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

8. What is the job of each master craftsman?

9. What happens once the site is cleared?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

Training and discipline were required for the successful completion of this cathedral.

Part 1) Describe the training necessary for a project such as this. Could artisans today build it in a similar way? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why is discipline necessary? Is this type of discipline found in projects today? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on this project and its completion after eighty-six years?

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