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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Polo explain that Zemrude's form is based on?
(a) The hope of its people.
(b) The orientation of the sky.
(c) The traveler's mood.
(d) The dream of the dreamer.
2. Polo understands that when he has irritated Khan, the emperor will:
(a) Signal the conversation to end immediately.
(b) Need to be left alone with his thoughts.
(c) Get up and storm off.
(d) Offer subtle cues that Polo needs to leave.
3. When Marco Polo first tells his tales to Kublai Khan, he uses:
(a) Gestures and pantomimes.
(b) Large words to impress Khan.
(c) An interpreter.
(d) A language Khan developed.
4. What does Polo see rising vertically in Armilla?
(a) Stacks of seashells.
(b) Tall, slender windmills.
(c) Columns that hold nothing up.
(d) Pipes where the houses should be.
5. What theme runs through Chapter 4 with regard to how Polo tells his tales?
(a) Treating each city as if it was a separate star in the night sky.
(b) Fabricating stories about the cities to make them more beautiful than they are.
(c) Turning the cities into dreams born from imagination.
(d) Breaking down the cities so the emperor can see them completely.
6. 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.
7. Why was the city on pilings built so high off the ground?
(a) Nobody remembers.
(b) For protection against seasonal floods.
(c) Because of high tides.
(d) Because the previous ruler was mad.
8. What does Polo's recollection of the city of Zirma include?
(a) Noisy festivals and sleek sailboats.
(b) Palm trees and colorful tents.
(c) Flying dirigibles and tattoo parlors.
(d) Feasting men and strong women.
9. When the emperor and the traveler grow quiet in order to reflect on what was just said, the emperor sometimes:
(a) Weeps quietly.
(b) Stares at Polo piercingly.
(c) Clears his throat loudly.
(d) Imagines Polo answering his questions.
10. When Polo speaks of Zemrude, one of the views he offers is filled with:
(a) Old men and women with vacant eyes.
(b) Beggars, thieves, and tax collectors.
(c) Staircases that go nowhere.
(d) Gutters, fish scales, and trash.
11. At times, Polo and Khan sit quietly to:
(a) Listen to the wind chimes.
(b) Allow the assistants to speak.
(c) Ponder the conversation.
(d) Wait for food to be brought to them.
12. Polo tells Khan that he feels this way about the things he saw in Hypatia:
13. The various depictions of Fedora show what?
(a) Particular sections of the city.
(b) How the city appeared at different junctures in history.
(c) An idealized version of the city.
(d) What the city looks like at different times of the year.
14. Polo offers two vantage points of Zemrude; one includes:
(a) Busy markets and bustling streets.
(b) Flapping curtains, fountains, and windowsills.
(c) Windmills and bright flowers.
(d) Walls with gaping holes.
15. When describing the cities of Eutropia, Polo explains that:
(a) Only one is inhabited at a time.
(b) Its inhabitants are unusually tall.
(c) All were once destroyed by a large earthquake.
(d) Each one is ruled by a benevolent elder.
Short Answer Questions
1. When do merchants from many different nations gather at Euphemia to trade?
2. When strangers arrive to Zobeide, what impression do they have of the city?
3. Polo explains that the city Khan dreams of with the farewells from its harbor has one secret. What is it?
4. Polo wants to inform the emperor how much darkness is out there by focusing on:
5. Polo explains that if he describes Olivia as rich in products and profits, the emperor should realize that:
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