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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Polo first describes the city of Diomira to Khan as:
(a) A quiet place full of intelligent, inquisitive people and lush gardens.
(b) Gaudy and loud, with ridiculous artwork.
(c) Desperately in need of revitalization.
(d) Filled with beautiful items, including silver domed buildings and bronze statues.
2. Which is the city of a thousand wells, sitting above an underground lake?
3. 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 servants.
(c) One of the philosphers.
(d) The sultan.
4. Someone traveling to Maurilia will be invited to what?
(a) Stay and relax for three days.
(b) Dine with the city's group of elders.
(c) Offer a gift to the city's ruler.
(d) Enjoy the current city while hearing of its past.
5. When he is quiet, what does Polo sometimes imagine?
(a) What life would be like had he not met the emperor.
(b) Answering the emperor's questions.
(c) Being in a far off land.
(d) Being in the emperor's shoes.
6. 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.
7. 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?
8. What does Polo say he gauges everywhere he travels to?
(a) Amount of happiness left in the empire.
(b) Military strength of every location.
(c) The level of dissent in each city of the empire.
(d) Wealth of each region.
9. Which of these is not a city described by Polo in Chapter 2?
10. When the emperor tells Polo that he's dreamed up a city and describes it, what does Polo reply?
(a) He praises the emperor's wit and imagination.
(b) It's the city Polo was just describing.
(c) He asks to not be interrupted again.
(d) It's the most fantastic city Polo has ever heard of.
11. What's missing in Armilla?
(b) Law and order.
(c) A comprehensible language.
(d) Walls, ceilings, and floors.
12. Which city is said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?
13. When Polo first communicates with Khan, the emperor is able to:
(a) Look interested despite being bored.
(b) Decipher his signs.
(c) Understand everything completely.
(d) Comprehend his unusual accent.
14. Which city is a gray stone metropolis with a large metal building in the center?
15. When Polo speaks of a city, he speaks:
(a) With an air of great authority.
(b) Only what he thinks the emperor wants to hear.
(c) With a stutter.
(d) Of his own perceptions of the city.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Khan listen to Polo's stories so intently?
2. Moving southward for three days from the city of Zaira, what city would one encounter?
3. By dissecting each city, what is Polo is trying to explain to Khan?
4. When Marco Polo meets with Kublai Khan, he:
5. When strangers arrive to Zobeide, what impression do they have of the city?
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