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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Which city is said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?
2. When Khan describes cities to Polo, what does he tell Polo to do?
(a) Tell him whether or not he's been there.
(b) Offer what is most beautiful in each city.
(c) Predict their future success.
(d) Tell him if they exist.
3. At Euphemia, how many different nations gather to trade?
4. Why does Polo initially rely on symbols to represent people and places?
(a) He wants to make it more challenging for Khan.
(b) He cannot speak Khan's language.
(c) He's eccentric and mischievous.
(d) He's too shy to speak directly to the emperor.
5. Which is the city of a thousand wells, sitting above an underground lake?
6. Which city is a gray stone metropolis with a large metal building in the center?
7. 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 blades of windmills.
(c) Clouds that bring rain.
(d) The top of the volcanic mountain.
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. What does Polo's recollection of the city of Zirma include?
(a) Flying dirigibles and tattoo parlors.
(b) Feasting men and strong women.
(c) Noisy festivals and sleek sailboats.
(d) Palm trees and colorful tents.
10. Polo states that Dorothea can be described by its canals, towers, people, and history, or how else?
(a) Through the eyes of an old woman.
(b) In terms of youthful memory.
(c) By the skies each evening paints.
(d) Through the artist's paintbrush.
11. Polo tells Khan that he feels this way about the things he saw in Hypatia:
12. Anastasia is described as being full of precious and mundane objects such as:
(a) Gold and sea stones.
(b) Onyx and agate.
(c) Silver and shells.
(d) Turquoise and tin.
13. Polo explains that the city Khan dreams of with the farewells from its harbor has one secret. What is it?
(a) Other cities bring their prisoners here.
(b) It knows about departures but not returns.
(c) Its residents suffer from a rare, mysterious disease.
(d) It is a phantom city born of nymphs' imaginations.
14. Polo gives Khan impressions of:
(a) The financial state of the empire.
(b) His cities and their inhabitants.
(c) What other leaders think of him.
(d) The meaning of life.
15. Whenever the emperor is in a good mood and says how splendid his empire is, he wants to know why Polo:
(a) Focuses on inessential and disappointing things.
(b) Criticizes the people of his empire.
(c) Has stopped traveling.
(d) Doesn't bring back more souvenirs.
Short Answer Questions
1. When describing the cities of Eutropia, Polo explains that:
2. Polo says that each action in Valdrada is inverted in:
3. In order to really understand the language of Hypatia, what must Polo do?
4. In chapter 3, when the traveler and the emperor discuss a city Khan has imagined, what does Polo say about it?
5. What does Polo see rising vertically in Armilla?
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