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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When he is quiet, what does Polo sometimes imagine?
(a) What life would be like had he not met the emperor.
(b) Being in a far off land.
(c) Answering the emperor's questions.
(d) Being in the emperor's shoes.
2. According to Polo, what is found in half of Sophronia?
(a) An observatory with a large telescope and wise astrologers.
(b) A fair with a roller coaster, carousel, and ferris wheel.
(c) Markets selling the riches of the world.
(d) Tent cities with the poorest of the poor.
3. What does Polo's recollection of the city of Zirma include?
(a) Noisy festivals and sleek sailboats.
(b) Palm trees and colorful tents.
(c) Flying dirigibles and tattoo parlors.
(d) Feasting men and strong women.
4. 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) He has embellished every story in order to make it more appealing for the emperor.
(c) If the emperor does not want to hear the truth, then Polo's travels and tales will end.
(d) He insists that he has never, and never will, lie to the emperor.
5. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held high, how does he see the city?
(a) From below.
(c) Directly in front.
(d) Through a mist.
6. Why was the city on pilings built so high off the ground?
(a) Nobody remembers.
(b) Because the previous ruler was mad.
(c) For protection against seasonal floods.
(d) Because of high tides.
7. When Polo goes to Hypatia, what does he learn?
(a) The meaning of life.
(b) The mathematics behind its architecture.
(c) The nature of changing language.
(d) The essence of spiritual existence.
8. Polo first describes the city of Diomira to Khan as:
(a) Filled with beautiful items, including silver domed buildings and bronze statues.
(b) Desperately in need of revitalization.
(c) A quiet place full of intelligent, inquisitive people and lush gardens.
(d) Gaudy and loud, with ridiculous artwork.
9. Where is the city of Valdrada built?
(a) In a fertile valley.
(b) At the edge of a dense forest.
(c) On the top of a mesa.
(d) On the shores of a lake.
10. At the conclusion of Chapter 1, Khan is completely satisfied with Polo's explanations but still remembers what?
(a) The symbols and emblems Polo once used.
(b) To pretend to question Polo's accuracy.
(c) How ridiculous Polo looked when he used more gestures.
(d) That Polo used to lie to him.
11. When Polo speaks of Zemrude, one of the views he offers is filled with:
(a) Staircases that go nowhere.
(b) Beggars, thieves, and tax collectors.
(c) Gutters, fish scales, and trash.
(d) Old men and women with vacant eyes.
12. When describing the cities of Eutropia, Polo explains that:
(a) Its inhabitants are unusually tall.
(b) Only one is inhabited at a time.
(c) All were once destroyed by a large earthquake.
(d) Each one is ruled by a benevolent elder.
13. When the emperor tells Polo that he's dreamed up a city and describes it, what does Polo reply?
(a) It's the city Polo was just describing.
(b) It's the most fantastic city Polo has ever heard of.
(c) He praises the emperor's wit and imagination.
(d) He asks to not be interrupted again.
14. When the people of Chloe pass each other in the street, what do they do?
(a) Imagine entire lives for each other.
(b) Stop to exchange warm greetings.
(c) Picture each other wearing different clothes.
(d) Bow deeply to each other.
15. Polo gives Khan impressions of:
(a) His cities and their inhabitants.
(b) The meaning of life.
(c) What other leaders think of him.
(d) The financial state of the empire.
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 strangers arrive to Zobeide, what impression do they have of the city?
3. Once Polo is able to speak a language that Khan understands, he can:
4. When Marco Polo meets with Kublai Khan, he:
5. Which of these is not a city described by Polo in Chapter 2?
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