The Development of Vaulting in Architecture


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What is the difference between a barrel vault and a ribbed vault?

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1. What is a pier?

2. Which of the following is NOT true about Romanesque and Gothic arches?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The implementation of vaulting in architecture helped alleviate the need for large numbers of columns, which cluttered spaces. With this quiz and worksheet combo, you can easily assess your knowledge about the development from barrel vaults to fan vaults in architecture. Some of the things you'll be quizzed on include the difference between a barrel vault and a ribbed vault and the characteristics of Romanesque and Gothic arches.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • The difference between a barrel vault and a ribbed vault
  • The definition of a pier in architecture
  • Characteristics of Romanesque and Gothic arches
  • Characteristics of a fan vault
  • The change in vaulted buildings over time

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the use of vaults in architecture in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as ribbed vault and barrel vault
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as barrel vault and fan vault
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the development of vaults over time

Additional Learning

To learn more about this architectural development, review the corresponding lesson on Barrel Vaults to Fan Vaults in Architecture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the development of the vault
  • Discuss the use of the arch
  • Learn about the transition from arch to vault
  • Learn about the ribbed vault
  • Discuss Gothic arches and vaults
  • Explore the use of the fan vault