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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Polo initially rely on symbols to represent people and places?
(a) He wants to make it more challenging for Khan.
(b) He's too shy to speak directly to the emperor.
(c) He cannot speak Khan's language.
(d) He's eccentric and mischievous.

5. The "white city" described by Polo is:
(a) Surrounded by a tall, whitewashed wall.
(b) Based on the dream of many men.
(c) Built with seashells and white stones.
(d) Accessible by sea only.

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

7. What city is found 80 miles northwest of Zenobia?
(a) Euphemia.
(b) Eugenia.
(c) Euphrates.
(d) Eureka.

8. In Armilla, what is one likely to catch a glimpse of?
(a) Children flying colorful, dragon-shaped kites in the distance.
(b) Prayer flags fluttering from rooftops.
(c) Young women bathing in the many tubs and showers.
(d) Young boys fishing with their bare hands in the river.

9. At the beginning of Chapter 2, what do Khan's messengers warn of?
(a) Battles.
(b) Betrayal.
(c) Famines.
(d) Disease.

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

11. When describing the cities of Eutropia, Polo explains that:
(a) Its inhabitants are unusually tall.
(b) All were once destroyed by a large earthquake.
(c) Only one is inhabited at a time.
(d) Each one is ruled by a benevolent elder.

12. When Polo tells his tales while enjoying the evening breeze as he sits on a doorstep, what does he explain to Khan?
(a) This reminds him of a time from one of his past travels.
(b) The setting they're in will affect how the tale is remembered.
(c) His traveling days may soon come to an end.
(d) The cool air clears his mind and keeps him awake.

13. When the people of Chloe pass each other in the street, what do they do?
(a) Picture each other wearing different clothes.
(b) Imagine entire lives for each other.
(c) Stop to exchange warm greetings.
(d) Bow deeply to each other.

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

15. When Polo speaks of a city, he speaks:
(a) Of his own perceptions of the city.
(b) With a stutter.
(c) With an air of great authority.
(d) Only what he thinks the emperor wants to hear.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Kublai Khan listens to the reports of his envoys and tax collectors while walking through his garden, his messengers speak in languages that:

2. When the emperor tells Polo that he's dreamed up a city and describes it, what does Polo reply?

3. Who tells Polo in Hypatia that, "signs form a language, but not the one you know."

4. In the city with the large metal building in its center, what's inside each room of the building?

5. Polo tells Khan that he feels this way about the things he saw in Hypatia:

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