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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When Polo goes to Hypatia, what does he learn?
(a) The meaning of life.
(b) The essence of spiritual existence.
(c) The mathematics behind its architecture.
(d) The nature of changing language.
2. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held high, how does he see the city?
(a) Directly in front.
(c) From below.
(d) Through a mist.
3. The people of Valdrada know their actions are repeated:
(a) In the mirror image of the lake.
(b) By their descendents.
(c) By actors performing in monthly plays.
(d) In a parallel dimension.
4. Why does Khan listen to Polo's stories so intently?
(a) He's looking for clues to help him better rule his empire.
(b) He will never have the chance to travel to all of these places.
(c) He is starved for entertainment.
(d) It stirs his imagination and gives him incentive to continue ruling.
5. Which city do visitors consider to be a trap?
6. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held down by grief, how will he see the city?
(a) From above.
(b) Brilliantly lit.
(c) Void of color.
(d) In decline.
7. When Khan says that he has a model city in his mind, he explains that from that city, he can:
(a) Send Polo to every other city.
(b) Best rule his empire.
(c) Supply silk to the rest of his empire.
(d) Deduce all possible cities.
8. When Khan asks if he will finally be able to fully possess his empire after learning the meaning of all of Polo's symbols, the traveler replies that Khan:
(a) Will then be an emblem among the emblems.
(b) Will be esteemed by every man, woman, and child in the empire.
(c) Will be able to teach the symbols to his many children.
(d) Will reach a state of great enlightenment.
9. Which is the city of perceptions and symbols, where items are valuable because of what they represent, not what they really are?
10. 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.
11. What city is found 80 miles northwest of Zenobia?
12. What do the people of Zenobia imagine when asked to describe a happy life?
(a) A place where they are free to follow their interests.
(b) A good spouse and many children.
(c) A city like their own.
(d) Enough food on the table.
13. Which city is described as a place where traitors are strung from lampposts and old men sit on docks, telling stories while mending fishing nets?
14. Which of these is not a city described by Polo in Chapter 2?
15. Which city is a gray stone metropolis with a large metal building in the center?
Short Answer Questions
1. Polo tells Khan that he feels this way about the things he saw in Hypatia:
2. This peninsular city can be reached by ship or camel, revealing itself to travelers by both land and sea:
3. When one leaves Zenobia and travels for six days and seven nights, where would one end up?
4. Polo tells Khan that the second half of Sophronia is filled with what?
5. What theme runs through Chapter 4 with regard to how Polo tells his tales?
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