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. At this time the cathedral has been under construction for how many years?

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

3. _____________, a row of arches and a narrow passageway, rises twenty feet.

4. Does the floor plan show only the general outline?

5. The scaffolding holds hurdles, or ____________ made from woven sticks.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the job of each master craftsman?

3. What takes place during the winter months?

4. Describe the three phases of the construction of the walls of the choir.

5. Describe the transportation of the lumber and stone.

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

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

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

9. Describe the excavation of the foundation.

10. Why must many houses be demolished?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The plans for the cathedral are much like other Gothic cathedrals.

Part 1) Describe the cathedral's plans. How are they like the plans for other Gothic cathedrals?

Part 2) Are buildings constructed in this style today? Why or why not? How might the planning process be different for a Gothic cathedral today?

Part 3) Compare Gothic architecture to modern architecture. What similarities exist? What are the differences?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The illustrations throughout this book are very important.

Part 1) Describe the illustrations. How are these illustrations useful? Would this book be as understandable without the illustrations? Why or why not?

Part 2) What do these illustrations reveal about building in the Middle Ages? How might these illustrations compare to architectural drawings today?

Part 3) What do these illustrations reveal about technology, education, engineering, and architecture in the Middle Ages?

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