What is a Plinth in Architecture?


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Where on a column would we look for the plinth?

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1. Which of these non-architectural items often have plinths?

2. What is the most basic structural function of a plinth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Before, during or after reviewing the lesson, this short quiz will help you gauge how well you understand the use of plinths in architecture. Our quiz will ask you about the structural and non-structural uses of a plinth, where geographically in the world they are used and where on a column a plinth is located.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

When you take this quiz, you'll be tested on your ability to:

  • Identify the location of a plinth on a column
  • Explain which non-architectural items often contain plinths
  • Describe the structural function of a plinth
  • Name the architectural traditions that use plinths in their designs
  • Discuss the most important non-structural function of the plinth

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on plinths in architecture
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about where in the world plinths are used
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where on a column a plinth can be found
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of a plinth to recognize its structural and non-structural uses

Additional Learning

If you'd like to review how plinths are used in architecture, take a look at our lesson called What is a Plinth in Architecture? to learn more. This engaging lesson will prepare you to:

  • Recognize the way plinths are used in architecture on a larger scale
  • Identify the benefits of using plinths in flood-prone regions
  • Explain how the plinth fits into architectural theory