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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. During this time the new stonework and new in-place mortar are covered with what?

2. Most of the walls are two vertical walls with a space between that is filled with ___________.

3. Why did William of Planz design buttresses around the cathedral's outside walls?

4. Who fabricates the wood components of the tools?

5. The arcade of piers rises how far from the foundation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is first approved by the Bishop and the Chapter?

4. Describe the transportation of the lumber and stone.

5. What is the job of each master craftsman?

6. Who is William in charge of hiring?

7. Why must many houses be demolished?

8. What happens once the site is cleared?

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

10. How much more work is done until the roof is begun?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The spire is completed in 1331.

Part 1) What is the spire? What is the purpose of a spire?

Part 2) What might the spire signify to the people in regards to the cathedral?

Part 3) What other aspects of the cathedral stand out? What purpose do these architectural details serve?

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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