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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What do the people of Beersheba believe?
(a) They are descended from ancient gods.
(b) Their emperor favors Beersheba above all other cities.
(c) They are living in a dream.
(d) Another Beersheba exists, suspended in the heavens.
2. As Khan studies the wood of his chessboard, Polo begins to talk of:
(a) An ebony forest , docks, and women at windows.
(b) A field of sunflowers, ships, and children fast asleep.
(c) Elephants, strong winds, and sunsets.
(d) Tattoos, flowers, and men with beards.
3. What is one of Khan's biggest worries regarding his empire?
(a) It will be stolen from him.
(b) It will be crushed under its own weight.
(c) Its people will grow disillusioned.
(d) It will be forgotten by the rest of the world.
4. When Polo describes a bridge made of stone, Khan wants to know:
(a) Whether the stones are rough or smooth.
(b) Which stone supports the bridge.
(c) How large the stones are.
(d) How many stones are in the bridge.
5. The people in the city of Irene are:
6. Can the reader tell with certainty whether or not Polo's many cities actually exist?
(c) Yes, in most cases.
(d) Only in a handful of cases.
7. The more Khan listens to Polo's stories, the less certain he is that he is sitting in the garden or:
(a) Locked up in a mental health hospital.
(b) Riding through places Polo describes.
(c) Dreaming in his sleep.
(d) Sitting in a prison.
8. Why does Khan wonder when Polo actually has time to travel to far-off cities?
(a) He frequently spots Polo entertaining friends in Khan's city.
(b) Polo is too busy with his job of head counselor.
(c) It appears Polo has never moved from Khan's garden.
(d) Polo is too busy writing down his travel accounts.
9. How does Melania's population renew itself?
(a) By being reborn and living multiple lives.
(b) By reciting vows at the start of each new year.
(c) Through the annual "Festival of Renewal."
(d) Through the acting out of an ongoing dialogue.
10. Clarice is known for its cycle of death and rebirth and:
(a) Falling to ruin and being rebuilt.
(b) Its adherence to the idea of reincarnation.
(c) Burning to the ground and rising from the ashes.
(d) Its yearly festival honoring the dead.
11. If someone wants to see the blueprint for the city of Thekla, what will he be told?
(a) The blueprint was lost in a fire.
(b) The blueprint changes from one hour to the next.
(c) To come back after the working day.
(d) It is buried deep beneath the city.
12. Who are the Penates and the Lares?
(a) The ancestors of Melania's inhabitants.
(b) The two species that protect the people of Leandra.
(c) The guardians of Baucis.
(d) The two main tribes of Ersilia.
13. Someone in Thekla will see what?
(a) Very little of the city.
(b) Rows of empty flower pots.
(c) A sea of signs.
(d) Shadows drifting overhead.
14. When one listens to the ground in Argia, what does one hear?
(b) A bell ring.
(c) A door slam.
(d) The sound of engines.
15. After the people of Ersilia move and the city is in ruins, what are left?
Short Answer Questions
1. When Polo finds Khan seated at a chessboard, what does the emperor invite Polo to do?
2. What does Polo say that Pyrrha represents for him?
3. The people of Lenia awaken each day and:
4. In Esmeralda, who moves through the sewers with the rats?
5. In Chapter 8, Khan comes to realize that knowledge of his empire can be found in:
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