Flying Buttress: Definition & Architecture


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What kind of architecture makes the most use of flying buttresses?

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1. Which example best displays how a flying buttress works?

2. How did the gutters in flying buttresses help prevent erosion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess what you know about the features, construction, and design of the flying buttress. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the type of architecture that makes the most use of flying buttresses and how a flying buttress works.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • The type of architecture that uses flying buttresses more than any other
  • How a flying buttress works
  • Way in which the gutters in a flying buttress prevent erosion
  • Architectural features that were made possible by flying buttresses
  • Weight the flying buttress supports

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on flying buttresses in architecture
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Gothic architecture in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Gothic cathedrals
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the function of the flying buttress

Additional Learning

To learn more about this architectural feature, review the corresponding lesson on the Flying Buttress in Architecture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define flying buttress
  • Learn why an architect would use a flying buttress
  • Discuss the use of flying buttresses in Gothic cathedrals