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. By 1332 the___________________, of the cathedral is nearly complete.

2. While the windows are being installed the underside of the vaulted ceiling is ____________.

3. After the ribs are completed, carpenters install _____________.

4. By ___________ the cathedral is completed.

5. The stones that comprise the ribs of the vaulted ceiling are called ___________.

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 is significant about 1311, 1329, and 1330?

5. Describe the cathedral's three huge doors.

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

7. Describe the creation of the spire.

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

9. How does the casting process for the bells begin? What is the purpose of the wax?

10. How is the stone for the vaulted ceiling lifted?

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

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 3

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?

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