AP Art History : Answering other questions about Near Eastern architecture

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Example Question #1 : Answering Other Questions About Near Eastern Architecture

Hindu temple architecture is defined in the works collectively known as __________.

Possible Answers:

the Bhagavad Gita

the Rhamayana

the Shilpa Shastras

the Mahabaratha

the Rig Veda

Correct answer:

the Shilpa Shastras

Explanation:

Hindu temple architecture follows guidelines which call for a circular inner sanctum with the rest of the structure emanating from the center room. As with most ancient Hindu artistic traditions, the basic structures and rules for Hindu temple architecture are found in the group of works known as the Shilpa Shastras.

Example Question #1 : Answering Other Questions About Architecture

The ancient Egyptian pyramids were built for what purpose?

Possible Answers:

Tombs

Palaces

Temples

Forts

Warehouses

Correct answer:

Tombs

Explanation:

The Great Pyramids at Giza were the largest structures in the world for almost two thousand years from their construction in roughly 2500 BCE. Remarkably, the pyramids were built for a singular, one-time purpose as the tombs of Pharaohs and their families. The Pyramids were built away from other settlements, and were intended as massive monuments to the Pharaohs' power.

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