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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Khan's messengers advise him on the price of:
(a) New battle ships.
(b) Purple cloth for his royal garments.
(c) Medicines imported from nearby regions.
(d) Materials found in his land holdings.

2. When he is quiet, what does Polo sometimes imagine?
(a) Being in a far off land.
(b) Answering the emperor's questions.
(c) Being in the emperor's shoes.
(d) What life would be like had he not met the emperor.

3. Which is the city of a thousand wells, sitting above an underground lake?
(a) Isaura.
(b) Laura.
(c) Tamara.
(d) Zirma.

4. The "white city" described by Polo is:
(a) Surrounded by a tall, whitewashed wall.
(b) Based on the dream of many men.
(c) Accessible by sea only.
(d) Built with seashells and white stones.

5. Why was the city on pilings built so high off the ground?
(a) Because of high tides.
(b) For protection against seasonal floods.
(c) Nobody remembers.
(d) Because the previous ruler was mad.

6. How does Polo describe the people of Chloe?
(a) They are strangers to each other.
(b) Everyone here is a teacher of some type.
(c) Great warriors train here.
(d) They are most welcoming to newcomers.

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

8. Once Polo is able to speak a language that Khan understands, he can:
(a) Request to go on more voyages.
(b) Be very precise in his descriptions.
(c) Be arrogant and disagreeable.
(d) Demand greater pay.

9. Polo says that Zaira is defined by:
(a) Its relationships between measurements of its space and the events of its past.
(b) The relationship between its people and the beautiful gardens they tend.
(c) An imposing, gleaming white building in the central plaza.
(d) Its people, who are exquisitely beautiful yet age too quickly.

10. What does Polo see rising vertically in Armilla?
(a) Tall, slender windmills.
(b) Stacks of seashells.
(c) Columns that hold nothing up.
(d) Pipes where the houses should be.

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

12. Of what use are Polo's tales to the emperor?
(a) To keep him calm and stable in light of financial troubles.
(b) To serve as nothing more than entertainment.
(c) To help him connect to distant places he will never see.
(d) To keep him from getting depressed.

13. 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) Particular sections of the city.
(d) An idealized version of the city.

14. When do merchants from many different nations gather at Euphemia to trade?
(a) Every full moon.
(b) The first of the year.
(c) Immediately following the harvest.
(d) Every solstice and equinox.

15. Where do the people of Isaura find water?
(a) Wherever they dig.
(b) Atop the highest mountain.
(c) From dew that forms on plants.
(d) In the city's aqueducts and reservoirs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Polo explains that the city Khan dreams of with the farewells from its harbor has one secret. What is it?

2. What's missing in Armilla?

3. 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:

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

5. What tangible items do merchants trade in Euphemia?

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