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. What do the people do during this time to raise money?

2. By 1330 what is finally completed?

3. What is the purpose of this pattern?

4. Why is each bell unique?

5. Does this transition period interrupt the work on the cathedral?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When is the cathedral ready for the vaulted ceiling? What foundation is also built at the same time?

3. Describe the drain pipes.

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

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

6. Describe the glass for this cathedral and how it is installed.

7. How is the ceiling constructed?

8. What are vassoirs?

9. What has taken place by 1332? What has taken place by 1338?

10. Describe the creation of the spire.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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