Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction Test | Final 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. They meet at the center of the bay in a crossing pattern and are locked together by what?

2. In what year is the spire completed?

3. In what year, does work resume?

4. Once the mold is broken away, revealing the finished bell, the bells are shipped to the cathedral and hoisted into ___________.

5. It is then cut into shape using a tool called ________ iron.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the cathedral's three huge doors.

2. What are cast for the cathedral? How are they unique?

3. What is significant about 1311, 1329, and 1330?

4. Describe the workings of the great wheel.

5. What are vassoirs?

6. Why is Wiliam of Planz replaced?

7. What takes place while the windows are being installed?

8. Describe the drain pipes.

9. What is the step that takes place after the ribs are completed?

10. Describe the construction of the roof.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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?

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