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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When one leaves Zenobia and travels for six days and seven nights, where would one end up?
(a) Zoroastria.
(b) Zapata.
(c) Zobeide.
(d) Zoey.

2. 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.

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

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

5. When Khan says that he has a model city in his mind, he explains that from that city, he can:
(a) Deduce all possible cities.
(b) Supply silk to the rest of his empire.
(c) Best rule his empire.
(d) Send Polo to every other city.

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

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

8. What does Polo see rising vertically in Armilla?
(a) Stacks of seashells.
(b) Columns that hold nothing up.
(c) Tall, slender windmills.
(d) Pipes where the houses should be.

9. By dissecting each city, what is Polo is trying to explain to Khan?
(a) That there is good and bad within each city.
(b) That each city exists outside of its inhabitants and location.
(c) That not every city within the empire is relevant.
(d) That beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

10. Polo says that each action in Valdrada is inverted in:
(a) Its mirror image.
(b) The future.
(c) Its monthly plays.
(d) Another dimension.

11. Which city is said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?
(a) Diomira.
(b) Zaira.
(c) Isidora.
(d) Despina.

12. What's missing in Armilla?
(a) Roads.
(b) A comprehensible language.
(c) Law and order.
(d) Walls, ceilings, and floors.

13. Khan tells Polo about his dreams of a city where the farewells from its harbor are what?
(a) Tearful but silent.
(b) Joyous and celebratory.
(c) Indifferent.
(d) Insincere.

14. Who tells Polo in Hypatia that, "signs form a language, but not the one you know."
(a) The sultan's eldest son.
(b) One of the philosphers.
(c) One of the servants.
(d) The sultan.

15. Polo tells Khan that he feels this way about the things he saw in Hypatia:
(a) Uplifted.
(b) Entranced.
(c) Frightened.
(d) Cheated.

Short Answer Questions

1. When describing the cities of Eutropia, Polo explains that:

2. What is Eutropia composed of?

3. What does Polo explain that Zemrude's form is based on?

4. Which city stands on high pilings even though it sits on dry land?

5. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held high, how does he see the city?

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