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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Polo gives Khan impressions of:
(a) His cities and their inhabitants.
(b) The meaning of life.
(c) The financial state of the empire.
(d) What other leaders think of him.

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

3. At Euphemia, how many different nations gather to trade?
(a) Three.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Forty.
(d) Seven.

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

5. When he is quiet, what does Polo sometimes imagine?
(a) What life would be like had he not met the emperor.
(b) Being in the emperor's shoes.
(c) Being in a far off land.
(d) Answering the emperor's questions.

6. Where do the people of Isaura find water?
(a) From dew that forms on plants.
(b) Wherever they dig.
(c) Atop the highest mountain.
(d) In the city's aqueducts and reservoirs.

7. Polo offers two vantage points of Zemrude; one includes:
(a) Busy markets and bustling streets.
(b) Flapping curtains, fountains, and windowsills.
(c) Walls with gaping holes.
(d) Windmills and bright flowers.

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

9. 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) By the skies each evening paints.
(c) Through the artist's paintbrush.
(d) In terms of youthful memory.

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

11. Someone traveling to Maurilia will be invited to what?
(a) Offer a gift to the city's ruler.
(b) Dine with the city's group of elders.
(c) Enjoy the current city while hearing of its past.
(d) Stay and relax for three days.

12. 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) The top of the volcanic mountain.
(b) Statues and monuments.
(c) The blades of windmills.
(d) Clouds that bring rain.

13. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held down by grief, how will he see the city?
(a) Brilliantly lit.
(b) From above.
(c) Void of color.
(d) In decline.

14. When strangers arrive to Zobeide, what impression do they have of the city?
(a) It looks like a piece of heaven.
(b) They've seen this place before in their dreams.
(c) They do not understand what drew people here.
(d) They feel a deep longing in their hearts.

15. In order to really understand the language of Hypatia, what must Polo do?
(a) Spend at least two months there.
(b) Learn a new set of written symbols.
(c) Better understand the hand gestures.
(d) Free himself from images.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Khan listen to Polo's stories so intently?

2. When Polo speaks of Zemrude, one of the views he offers is filled with:

3. What does Polo's recollection of the city of Zirma include?

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

5. When the emperor and the traveler grow quiet in order to reflect on what was just said, the emperor sometimes:

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