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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When Polo first communicates with Khan, the emperor is able to:
(a) Look interested despite being bored.
(b) Comprehend his unusual accent.
(c) Understand everything completely.
(d) Decipher his signs.
2. Which is the city of perceptions and symbols, where items are valuable because of what they represent, not what they really are?
3. When Polo goes to Hypatia, what does he learn?
(a) The mathematics behind its architecture.
(b) The nature of changing language.
(c) The essence of spiritual existence.
(d) The meaning of life.
4. Which city has supposedly languished and deteriorated, forgotten by the earth?
5. Which city is described as having buildings with spiral staircases and with spiral seashells encrusted in the staircases?
6. Anastasia is described as being full of precious and mundane objects such as:
(a) Silver and shells.
(b) Gold and sea stones.
(c) Turquoise and tin.
(d) Onyx and agate.
7. When the people of Chloe pass each other in the street, what do they do?
(a) Stop to exchange warm greetings.
(b) Picture each other wearing different clothes.
(c) Imagine entire lives for each other.
(d) Bow deeply to each other.
8. Which city is a gray stone metropolis with a large metal building in the center?
9. Whenever the emperor is in a good mood and says how splendid his empire is, he wants to know why Polo:
(a) Criticizes the people of his empire.
(b) Doesn't bring back more souvenirs.
(c) Has stopped traveling.
(d) Focuses on inessential and disappointing things.
10. When the emperor and the traveler grow quiet in order to reflect on what was just said, the emperor sometimes:
(a) Weeps quietly.
(b) Clears his throat loudly.
(c) Imagines Polo answering his questions.
(d) Stares at Polo piercingly.
11. This peninsular city can be reached by ship or camel, revealing itself to travelers by both land and sea:
12. By dissecting each city, what is Polo is trying to explain to Khan?
(a) That beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
(b) That there is good and bad within each city.
(c) That each city exists outside of its inhabitants and location.
(d) That not every city within the empire is relevant.
13. After Khan sends Polo on many missions, Polo learns:
(a) To become an expert negotiator.
(b) How to sail virtually any type of ship.
(c) The language of the Tartars.
(d) The cooking techniques of the Mongols.
14. When one leaves Zenobia and travels for six days and seven nights, where would one end up?
15. What theme runs through Chapter 4 with regard to how Polo tells his tales?
(a) Turning the cities into dreams born from imagination.
(b) Fabricating stories about the cities to make them more beautiful than they are.
(c) Treating each city as if it was a separate star in the night sky.
(d) Breaking down the cities so the emperor can see them completely.
Short Answer Questions
1. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held down by grief, how will he see the city?
2. When Polo speaks of a city, he speaks:
3. When Khan accuses Polo of lying about the state of his empire, what does Polo say?
4. What does Polo explain that Zemrude's form is based on?
5. Polo explains that the city Khan dreams of with the farewells from its harbor has one secret. What is it?
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