CLEP Humanities : Answering Other Questions About Preclassical Architecture

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for CLEP Humanities

varsity tutors app store varsity tutors android store

Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Answering Other Questions About Preclassical Architecture

Mayan architecture was dominated by what kind of building?

Possible Answers:

The onion dome

The pyramid

The galleried temple

The minaret

The vaulted hall

Correct answer:

The pyramid

Explanation:

All Mayan cities and temple structures revolved around the pyramid. Typically featuring steps to the top of the pyramid and terraces, the Mayas used the pyramid for temples, palaces, and most other important buildings. The use of the pyramid was highly influential for later Mesoamerican cultures, such as the Aztecs.

Example Question #11 : 3 D Visual Art

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

Possible Answers:

the Bhagavad Gita

the Shilpa Shastras

the Rig Veda

the Mahabaratha

the Rhamayana

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.

Learning Tools by Varsity Tutors