Symbolic & Liturgical Meanings of Gothic Architecture Video


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Which part of the church can be compared to the human head?

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1. Why was it so important for church buildings to offer symbolic lessons?

2. What best describes a Gothic floorplan?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your knowledge of Gothic architecture. Things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include why it was important for church buildings to offer symbolic lessons and the characteristics of a Gothic floorplan.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • The part of the church that can be compared to the human head
  • Why it was important for church buildings to offer symbolic lessons
  • Description of a Gothic floorplan
  • The element of the church that represents the trinity
  • How a priest fits into the general message of the church

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Gothic architecture in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terminology, such as narthex and apse
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the symbolism of Gothic churches

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of architecture, review the corresponding lesson on Interpreting Gothic Architecture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of symbolic architecture
  • Learn about the footprint of a Gothic church
  • Discuss the significance of the spiritual and material planes
  • Explore the main features of a Gothic church
  • Learn about the use of stained glass