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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) Zaira.
(b) Isidora.
(c) Anastasia.
(d) Zirma.

2. 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) Demand greater pay.
(d) Be arrogant and disagreeable.

3. When Khan says that he has a model city in his mind, he explains that from that city, he can:
(a) Best rule his empire.
(b) Send Polo to every other city.
(c) Supply silk to the rest of his empire.
(d) Deduce all possible cities.

4. 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 be able to teach the symbols to his many children.
(b) Will be esteemed by every man, woman, and child in the empire.
(c) Will reach a state of great enlightenment.
(d) Will then be an emblem among the emblems.

5. Which is the city of perceptions and symbols, where items are valuable because of what they represent, not what they really are?
(a) Zora.
(b) Isaura.
(c) Zirma.
(d) Tamara.

6. Polo tells Khan that the second half of Sophronia is filled with what?
(a) Universities, observatories, and libraries.
(b) Factories, palaces, slaughterhouses, and schools.
(c) Gardens, statues, and fountains.
(d) Markets, hen houses, silkworm farms, and poppy fields.

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

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

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

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

11. Which city do visitors consider to be a trap?
(a) Armilla.
(b) Zobeide.
(c) Valdrada.
(d) Zenobia.

12. In Armilla, what is one likely to catch a glimpse of?
(a) Children flying colorful, dragon-shaped kites in the distance.
(b) Young boys fishing with their bare hands in the river.
(c) Prayer flags fluttering from rooftops.
(d) Young women bathing in the many tubs and showers.

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

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

15. What confuses Polo about Armilla?
(a) He can't tell if the people are welcoming him or waiting for him to leave.
(b) Why everyone living here is so young.
(c) Where its source of water is located.
(d) He doesn't know whether it's unfinished or has been demolished.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do the people of Isaura find water?

2. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held down by grief, how will he see the city?

3. What tangible items do merchants trade in Euphemia?

4. The various depictions of Fedora show what?

5. When do merchants from many different nations gather at Euphemia to trade?

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