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. The glass is removed from the pipe and _________.

2. In 1280, how long has it been since construction started?

3. The vaulted ceiling is built _________ feet above the foundation.

4. This unique device is essentially a man-sized __________ that is operated by one or two men who walk around the inside of it.

5. The shapes are cut to the correct dimensions by using what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the workings of the great wheel.

2. When is the transept and most of its vaulting completed?

3. What happens in 1306?

4. What happens after the webbing has set hard?

5. How is the completion of the cathedral celebrated?

6. How are the bells finished?

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

8. What do the glass makers begin in 1302? Of what is this made?

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

10. How tall is the vaulted ceiling? What is used to support this massive structure?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A great wheel is used to hoist supplies for the vaulted ceiling.

Part 1) Describe this great wheel. How does it work to hoist supplies? What other machines are used to make the building of this cathedral possible?

Part 2) What does this machine reveal about the technology of the time? How does it compare to the technology of today?

Part 3) How have these early machines influenced the machines of today?

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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