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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When Marco Polo first tells his tales to Kublai Khan, he uses:
(a) Large words to impress Khan.
(b) An interpreter.
(c) A language Khan developed.
(d) Gestures and pantomimes.
2. When the people of Chloe pass each other in the street, what do they do?
(a) Picture each other wearing different clothes.
(b) Bow deeply to each other.
(c) Imagine entire lives for each other.
(d) Stop to exchange warm greetings.
3. Which city stands on high pilings even though it sits on dry land?
4. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held high, how does he see the city?
(b) From below.
(c) Directly in front.
(d) Through a mist.
5. After the people of Chloe lock eyes with each other for a moment, what do they do?
(a) Bow repeatedly.
(b) Invite each other for a visit.
(c) Approach to shake hands.
(d) Move away without stopping.
6. Which city is said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?
7. How does Polo describe the people of Chloe?
(a) They are most welcoming to newcomers.
(b) Everyone here is a teacher of some type.
(c) They are strangers to each other.
(d) Great warriors train here.
8. In Hypatia, when Polo wants to see the sultan at the palace, who is he allowed to question instead?
(a) The sultan's shoemaker.
(b) The second in command.
9. In order to really understand the language of Hypatia, what must Polo do?
(a) Learn a new set of written symbols.
(b) Better understand the hand gestures.
(c) Free himself from images.
(d) Spend at least two months there.
10. What city is found 80 miles northwest of Zenobia?
11. The "white city" described by Polo is:
(a) Accessible by sea only.
(b) Surrounded by a tall, whitewashed wall.
(c) Built with seashells and white stones.
(d) Based on the dream of many men.
12. In chapter 3, when the traveler and the emperor discuss a city Khan has imagined, what does Polo say about it?
(a) It will one day serve as the capital of the empire.
(b) It is nameless and has no location, existing only as a dream does.
(c) Polo urges Khan to begin building it in the spring.
(d) He explains to the emperor that this would be a very impractical city.
13. Which city do visitors consider to be a trap?
14. At the conclusion of Chapter 1, Khan is completely satisfied with Polo's explanations but still remembers what?
(a) The symbols and emblems Polo once used.
(b) To pretend to question Polo's accuracy.
(c) How ridiculous Polo looked when he used more gestures.
(d) That Polo used to lie to him.
15. Where do the people of Isaura find water?
(a) Atop the highest mountain.
(b) Wherever they dig.
(c) In the city's aqueducts and reservoirs.
(d) From dew that forms on plants.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which city has supposedly languished and deteriorated, forgotten by the earth?
2. When Khan accuses Polo of lying about the state of his empire, what does Polo say?
3. After Khan sends Polo on many missions, Polo learns:
4. At the beginning of Chapter 2, what do Khan's messengers warn of?
5. When Polo tells his tales while enjoying the evening breeze as he sits on a doorstep, what does he explain to Khan?
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