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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When Khan says that he has a model city in his mind, he explains that from that city, he can:
(a) Supply silk to the rest of his empire.
(b) Best rule his empire.
(c) Send Polo to every other city.
(d) Deduce all possible cities.
2. When do merchants from many different nations gather at Euphemia to trade?
(a) Immediately following the harvest.
(b) The first of the year.
(c) Every solstice and equinox.
(d) Every full moon.
3. Polo offers two vantage points of Zemrude; one includes:
(a) Flapping curtains, fountains, and windowsills.
(b) Windmills and bright flowers.
(c) Busy markets and bustling streets.
(d) Walls with gaping holes.
4. Polo says that Zaira is defined by:
(a) An imposing, gleaming white building in the central plaza.
(b) Its people, who are exquisitely beautiful yet age too quickly.
(c) Its relationships between measurements of its space and the events of its past.
(d) The relationship between its people and the beautiful gardens they tend.
5. What is Eutropia composed of?
(a) A number of equally sized cities.
(b) One large city surrounding a smaller city.
(c) Island cities within a vast lake.
(d) Three cities separated from each other by a lake.
6. 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.
7. Where is the city of Valdrada built?
(a) On the shores of a lake.
(b) On the top of a mesa.
(c) At the edge of a dense forest.
(d) In a fertile valley.
8. When he is quiet, what does Polo sometimes imagine?
(a) Being in the emperor's shoes.
(b) Answering the emperor's questions.
(c) Being in a far off land.
(d) What life would be like had he not met the emperor.
9. 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.
10. At the conclusion of Chapter 1, Khan is completely satisfied with Polo's explanations but still remembers what?
(a) How ridiculous Polo looked when he used more gestures.
(b) The symbols and emblems Polo once used.
(c) To pretend to question Polo's accuracy.
(d) That Polo used to lie to him.
11. When one leaves Zenobia and travels for six days and seven nights, where would one end up?
12. Polo gives Khan impressions of:
(a) His cities and their inhabitants.
(b) The financial state of the empire.
(c) The meaning of life.
(d) What other leaders think of him.
13. 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?
14. At the beginning of Chapter 2, what do Khan's messengers warn of?
15. What's missing in Armilla?
(a) A comprehensible language.
(c) Law and order.
(d) Walls, ceilings, and floors.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Polo initially rely on symbols to represent people and places?
2. Maurilia was once:
3. In chapter 3, when the traveler and the emperor discuss a city Khan has imagined, what does Polo say about it?
4. What theme runs through Chapter 4 with regard to how Polo tells his tales?
5. Anastasia is described as being full of precious and mundane objects such as:
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