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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. After Khan sends Polo on many missions, Polo learns:
(a) How to sail virtually any type of ship.
(b) The cooking techniques of the Mongols.
(c) To become an expert negotiator.
(d) The language of the Tartars.
2. Which city do visitors consider to be a trap?
3. When Khan accuses Polo of lying about the state of his empire, what does Polo say?
(a) He agrees the empire is sick and explains that is why he travels to the distant places.
(b) If the emperor does not want to hear the truth, then Polo's travels and tales will end.
(c) He has embellished every story in order to make it more appealing for the emperor.
(d) He insists that he has never, and never will, lie to the emperor.
4. What is Eutropia composed of?
(a) One large city surrounding a smaller city.
(b) Three cities separated from each other by a lake.
(c) A number of equally sized cities.
(d) Island cities within a vast lake.
5. What's missing in Armilla?
(b) Walls, ceilings, and floors.
(c) Law and order.
(d) A comprehensible language.
6. What does Polo's recollection of the city of Zirma include?
(a) Noisy festivals and sleek sailboats.
(b) Flying dirigibles and tattoo parlors.
(c) Feasting men and strong women.
(d) Palm trees and colorful tents.
7. Who tells Polo in Hypatia that, "signs form a language, but not the one you know."
(a) One of the servants.
(b) One of the philosphers.
(c) The sultan's eldest son.
(d) The sultan.
8. According to Polo, what is found in half of Sophronia?
(a) Markets selling the riches of the world.
(b) A fair with a roller coaster, carousel, and ferris wheel.
(c) Tent cities with the poorest of the poor.
(d) An observatory with a large telescope and wise astrologers.
9. In Armilla, what is one likely to catch a glimpse of?
(a) Prayer flags fluttering from rooftops.
(b) Young women bathing in the many tubs and showers.
(c) Children flying colorful, dragon-shaped kites in the distance.
(d) Young boys fishing with their bare hands in the river.
10. By dissecting each city, what is Polo is trying to explain to Khan?
(a) That each city exists outside of its inhabitants and location.
(b) That not every city within the empire is relevant.
(c) That beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
(d) That there is good and bad within each city.
11. What confuses Polo about Armilla?
(a) Where its source of water is located.
(b) He doesn't know whether it's unfinished or has been demolished.
(c) He can't tell if the people are welcoming him or waiting for him to leave.
(d) Why everyone living here is so young.
12. What does Polo say he gauges everywhere he travels to?
(a) Military strength of every location.
(b) The level of dissent in each city of the empire.
(c) Amount of happiness left in the empire.
(d) Wealth of each region.
13. What does Polo see rising vertically in Armilla?
(a) Stacks of seashells.
(b) Pipes where the houses should be.
(c) Columns that hold nothing up.
(d) Tall, slender windmills.
14. Where is the city of Valdrada built?
(a) On the shores of a lake.
(b) At the edge of a dense forest.
(c) On the top of a mesa.
(d) In a fertile valley.
15. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held high, how does he see the city?
(a) From below.
(b) Through a mist.
(d) Directly in front.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which city is said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?
2. When the emperor tells Polo that he's dreamed up a city and describes it, what does Polo reply?
3. Of what use are Polo's tales to the emperor?
4. In Hypatia, when Polo wants to see the sultan at the palace, who is he allowed to question instead?
5. Polo tells Khan that the second half of Sophronia is filled with what?
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