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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of these is not a city described by Polo in Chapter 2?
(a) Euphemia.
(b) Zenobia.
(c) Maurilia.
(d) Kublai.

2. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held down by grief, how will he see the city?
(a) In decline.
(b) Brilliantly lit.
(c) Void of color.
(d) From above.

3. Polo explains that the city Khan dreams of with the farewells from its harbor has one secret. What is it?
(a) Other cities bring their prisoners here.
(b) Its residents suffer from a rare, mysterious disease.
(c) It is a phantom city born of nymphs' imaginations.
(d) It knows about departures but not returns.

4. Polo says that each action in Valdrada is inverted in:
(a) The future.
(b) Its mirror image.
(c) Its monthly plays.
(d) Another dimension.

5. Where is the city of Valdrada built?
(a) On the top of a mesa.
(b) On the shores of a lake.
(c) At the edge of a dense forest.
(d) In a fertile valley.

6. When the emperor and the traveler grow quiet in order to reflect on what was just said, the emperor sometimes:
(a) Clears his throat loudly.
(b) Stares at Polo piercingly.
(c) Weeps quietly.
(d) Imagines Polo answering his questions.

7. When Polo goes to Hypatia, what does he learn?
(a) The essence of spiritual existence.
(b) The nature of changing language.
(c) The meaning of life.
(d) The mathematics behind its architecture.

8. Polo describes a city with two forms of religion. In one, the gods live in a subterranean lake. In the other, the gods live where?
(a) Statues and monuments.
(b) The top of the volcanic mountain.
(c) The blades of windmills.
(d) Clouds that bring rain.

9. The various depictions of Fedora show what?
(a) What the city looks like at different times of the year.
(b) How the city appeared at different junctures in history.
(c) An idealized version of the city.
(d) Particular sections of the city.

10. Polo first describes the city of Diomira to Khan as:
(a) Filled with beautiful items, including silver domed buildings and bronze statues.
(b) Gaudy and loud, with ridiculous artwork.
(c) Desperately in need of revitalization.
(d) A quiet place full of intelligent, inquisitive people and lush gardens.

11. When the emperor tells Polo that he's dreamed up a city and describes it, what does Polo reply?
(a) It's the most fantastic city Polo has ever heard of.
(b) He praises the emperor's wit and imagination.
(c) It's the city Polo was just describing.
(d) He asks to not be interrupted again.

12. When Polo speaks of a city, he speaks:
(a) With a stutter.
(b) Only what he thinks the emperor wants to hear.
(c) Of his own perceptions of the city.
(d) With an air of great authority.

13. Khan tells Polo about his dreams of a city where the farewells from its harbor are what?
(a) Insincere.
(b) Joyous and celebratory.
(c) Tearful but silent.
(d) Indifferent.

14. Which city is said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?
(a) Diomira.
(b) Isidora.
(c) Zaira.
(d) Despina.

15. Why does Polo initially rely on symbols to represent people and places?
(a) He wants to make it more challenging for Khan.
(b) He's eccentric and mischievous.
(c) He's too shy to speak directly to the emperor.
(d) He cannot speak Khan's language.

Short Answer Questions

1. When describing the cities of Eutropia, Polo explains that:

2. When Marco Polo meets with Kublai Khan, he:

3. How does Polo describe the people of Chloe?

4. Of what use are Polo's tales to the emperor?

5. Moving southward for three days from the city of Zaira, what city would one encounter?

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