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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Maurilia was once:
(a) Thoroughly devastated by a flood.
(b) Completely submerged under water.
(c) Ruled completely by matriarchs.
(d) A completely different city with the same name.

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

3. In order to really understand the language of Hypatia, what must Polo do?
(a) Spend at least two months there.
(b) Free himself from images.
(c) Better understand the hand gestures.
(d) Learn a new set of written symbols.

4. What theme runs through Chapter 4 with regard to how Polo tells his tales?
(a) Breaking down the cities so the emperor can see them completely.
(b) Fabricating stories about the cities to make them more beautiful than they are.
(c) Treating each city as if it was a separate star in the night sky.
(d) Turning the cities into dreams born from imagination.

5. When Marco Polo first tells his tales to Kublai Khan, he uses:
(a) An interpreter.
(b) A language Khan developed.
(c) Gestures and pantomimes.
(d) Large words to impress Khan.

6. In the city with the large metal building in its center, what's inside each room of the building?
(a) A large, blue globe showing a different model of the city.
(b) Statuettes in honor of the city's past leaders.
(c) Stores of food in case of famine.
(d) Scrolls that tell of the city's history.

7. Which city stands on high pilings even though it sits on dry land?
(a) Chernobia.
(b) Zenobia.
(c) Algoria.
(d) Zamoria.

8. When Polo first communicates with Khan, the emperor is able to:
(a) Comprehend his unusual accent.
(b) Understand everything completely.
(c) Decipher his signs.
(d) Look interested despite being bored.

9. Polo wants to inform the emperor how much darkness is out there by focusing on:
(a) The debauchery of each region.
(b) Small glimmers of light.
(c) Traitors and those who speak poison.
(d) Remnants of past glory.

10. What does Polo explain that Zemrude's form is based on?
(a) The dream of the dreamer.
(b) The orientation of the sky.
(c) The traveler's mood.
(d) The hope of its people.

11. After Khan sends Polo on many missions, Polo learns:
(a) To become an expert negotiator.
(b) How to sail virtually any type of ship.
(c) The language of the Tartars.
(d) The cooking techniques of the Mongols.

12. By dissecting each city, what is Polo is trying to explain to Khan?
(a) That beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
(b) That there is good and bad within each city.
(c) That each city exists outside of its inhabitants and location.
(d) That not every city within the empire is relevant.

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

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

15. Which city is a gray stone metropolis with a large metal building in the center?
(a) Isadora.
(b) Prada.
(c) Lenora.
(d) Fedora.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Khan accuses Polo of lying about the state of his empire, what does Polo say?

2. How does Polo describe the people of Chloe?

3. Polo gives Khan impressions of:

4. When Khan describes cities to Polo, what does he tell Polo to do?

5. According to Polo, what is found in half of Sophronia?

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