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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Who tells Polo in Hypatia that, "signs form a language, but not the one you know."
(a) One of the servants.
(b) The sultan.
(c) One of the philosphers.
(d) The sultan's eldest son.
2. In chapter 3, when the traveler and the emperor discuss a city Khan has imagined, what does Polo say about it?
(a) It is nameless and has no location, existing only as a dream does.
(b) He explains to the emperor that this would be a very impractical city.
(c) Polo urges Khan to begin building it in the spring.
(d) It will one day serve as the capital of the empire.
3. When Polo goes to Hypatia, what does he learn?
(a) The nature of changing language.
(b) The essence of spiritual existence.
(c) The meaning of life.
(d) The mathematics behind its architecture.
4. Polo tells Khan that the second half of Sophronia is filled with what?
(a) Gardens, statues, and fountains.
(b) Markets, hen houses, silkworm farms, and poppy fields.
(c) Factories, palaces, slaughterhouses, and schools.
(d) Universities, observatories, and libraries.
5. At times, Polo and Khan sit quietly to:
(a) Listen to the wind chimes.
(b) Allow the assistants to speak.
(c) Wait for food to be brought to them.
(d) Ponder the conversation.
6. Polo understands that when he has irritated Khan, the emperor will:
(a) Offer subtle cues that Polo needs to leave.
(b) Need to be left alone with his thoughts.
(c) Get up and storm off.
(d) Signal the conversation to end immediately.
7. When the emperor tells Polo that he's dreamed up a city and describes it, what does Polo reply?
(a) It's the most fantastic city Polo has ever heard of.
(b) He asks to not be interrupted again.
(c) It's the city Polo was just describing.
(d) He praises the emperor's wit and imagination.
8. 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.
9. The "white city" described by Polo is:
(a) Accessible by sea only.
(b) Built with seashells and white stones.
(c) Based on the dream of many men.
(d) Surrounded by a tall, whitewashed wall.
10. Which city is said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?
11. When Polo tells his tales while enjoying the evening breeze as he sits on a doorstep, what does he explain to Khan?
(a) The setting they're in will affect how the tale is remembered.
(b) His traveling days may soon come to an end.
(c) The cool air clears his mind and keeps him awake.
(d) This reminds him of a time from one of his past travels.
12. Where is the city of Valdrada built?
(a) At the edge of a dense forest.
(b) On the shores of a lake.
(c) In a fertile valley.
(d) On the top of a mesa.
13. What's missing in Armilla?
(a) Walls, ceilings, and floors.
(c) A comprehensible language.
(d) Law and order.
14. What does Polo see rising vertically in Armilla?
(a) Pipes where the houses should be.
(b) Tall, slender windmills.
(c) Columns that hold nothing up.
(d) Stacks of seashells.
15. Polo states that Dorothea can be described by its canals, towers, people, and history, or how else?
(a) In terms of youthful memory.
(b) Through the artist's paintbrush.
(c) By the skies each evening paints.
(d) Through the eyes of an old woman.
Short Answer Questions
1. Polo gives Khan impressions of:
2. When Polo first communicates with Khan, the emperor is able to:
3. When the people of Chloe pass each other in the street, what do they do?
4. This peninsular city can be reached by ship or camel, revealing itself to travelers by both land and sea:
5. What do the people of Zenobia imagine when asked to describe a happy life?
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