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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 new cathedral is to be enormous, the foundation is dug to what depth?

2. The outward buckling force is then transferred from the piers and walls to the buttresses by arches known as ___________.

3. To whom are the drawings presented?

4. Finally, the new foundation for the apse and choir is _______________.

5. How many staircases does Chutreaux have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the excavation of the foundation.

2. What is done with the cut limestone?

3. What takes place during the winter months?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why must many houses be demolished?

10. Describe the buttresses and how they function.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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