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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Polo explain that Zemrude's form is based on?
(a) The traveler's mood.
(b) The hope of its people.
(c) The dream of the dreamer.
(d) The orientation of the sky.

2. The people of Valdrada know their actions are repeated:
(a) In the mirror image of the lake.
(b) By their descendents.
(c) In a parallel dimension.
(d) By actors performing in monthly plays.

3. What do the people of Zenobia imagine when asked to describe a happy life?
(a) A good spouse and many children.
(b) Enough food on the table.
(c) A city like their own.
(d) A place where they are free to follow their interests.

4. Polo explains that if he describes Olivia as rich in products and profits, the emperor should realize that:
(a) The city also contains fine palaces, exotic creatures, soot , grease, and desperation.
(b) Its people are well off and need to share their riches with others in the empire.
(c) Ash falls regularly on the streets and rivers from the efforts of its industrious people.
(d) It is one of the most prosperous and exotic cities in the empire.

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

6. In chapter 3, when the traveler and the emperor discuss a city Khan has imagined, what does Polo say about it?
(a) Polo urges Khan to begin building it in the spring.
(b) He explains to the emperor that this would be a very impractical city.
(c) It will one day serve as the capital of the empire.
(d) It is nameless and has no location, existing only as a dream does.

7. Why does Khan listen to Polo's stories so intently?
(a) It stirs his imagination and gives him incentive to continue ruling.
(b) He's looking for clues to help him better rule his empire.
(c) He will never have the chance to travel to all of these places.
(d) He is starved for entertainment.

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

9. When describing the cities of Eutropia, Polo explains that:
(a) All were once destroyed by a large earthquake.
(b) Each one is ruled by a benevolent elder.
(c) Its inhabitants are unusually tall.
(d) Only one is inhabited at a time.

10. In the city with the large metal building in its center, what's inside each room of the building?
(a) Stores of food in case of famine.
(b) A large, blue globe showing a different model of the city.
(c) Scrolls that tell of the city's history.
(d) Statuettes in honor of the city's past leaders.

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

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

13. Anastasia is described as being full of precious and mundane objects such as:
(a) Silver and shells.
(b) Gold and sea stones.
(c) Onyx and agate.
(d) Turquoise and tin.

14. At the beginning of Chapter 2, what do Khan's messengers warn of?
(a) Betrayal.
(b) Famines.
(c) Disease.
(d) Battles.

15. When Polo speaks of Zemrude, one of the views he offers is filled with:
(a) Old men and women with vacant eyes.
(b) Staircases that go nowhere.
(c) Gutters, fish scales, and trash.
(d) Beggars, thieves, and tax collectors.

Short Answer Questions

1. In order to really understand the language of Hypatia, what must Polo do?

2. When Marco Polo first tells his tales to Kublai Khan, he uses:

3. Which is the city of a thousand wells, sitting above an underground lake?

4. What creates connections between lives in Chloe?

5. When Polo goes to Hypatia, what does he learn?

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