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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Eutropia composed of?
(a) A number of equally sized cities.
(b) Island cities within a vast lake.
(c) Three cities separated from each other by a lake.
(d) One large city surrounding a smaller city.

2. In Hypatia, when Polo wants to see the sultan at the palace, who is he allowed to question instead?
(a) Servants.
(b) The sultan's shoemaker.
(c) Philosophers.
(d) The second in command.

3. The various depictions of Fedora show what?
(a) An idealized version of the city.
(b) What the city looks like at different times of the year.
(c) How the city appeared at different junctures in history.
(d) Particular sections of the city.

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

5. Which city is described as having buildings with spiral staircases and with spiral seashells encrusted in the staircases?
(a) Anastasia.
(b) Dorothea.
(c) Diomira.
(d) Isidora.

6. Moving southward for three days from the city of Zaira, what city would one encounter?
(a) Zora.
(b) Anastasia.
(c) Dorothea.
(d) Tamara.

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

8. 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) Anastasia.
(c) Zirma.
(d) Isidora.

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

10. Polo describes a city with two forms of religion. In one, the gods live in a subterranean lake. In the other, the gods live where?
(a) Statues and monuments.
(b) The top of the volcanic mountain.
(c) The blades of windmills.
(d) Clouds that bring rain.

11. As Kublai Khan listens to the reports of his envoys and tax collectors while walking through his garden, his messengers speak in languages that:
(a) He developed.
(b) Are understood only by members of royalty.
(c) They made up.
(d) He doesn't understand.

12. At the conclusion of Chapter 1, Khan is completely satisfied with Polo's explanations but still remembers what?
(a) To pretend to question Polo's accuracy.
(b) The symbols and emblems Polo once used.
(c) That Polo used to lie to him.
(d) How ridiculous Polo looked when he used more gestures.

13. Polo first describes the city of Diomira to Khan as:
(a) Gaudy and loud, with ridiculous artwork.
(b) Desperately in need of revitalization.
(c) A quiet place full of intelligent, inquisitive people and lush gardens.
(d) Filled with beautiful items, including silver domed buildings and bronze statues.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Polo explains that the city Khan dreams of with the farewells from its harbor has one secret. What is it?

2. Why was the city on pilings built so high off the ground?

3. Where is the city of Valdrada built?

4. At times, Polo and Khan sit quietly to:

5. Polo says that each action in Valdrada is inverted in:

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