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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When Polo finds Khan seated at a chessboard, what does the emperor invite Polo to do?
(a) Sit and play a game with him.
(b) Teach him how to play the game.
(c) Have a cup of tea while Khan finishes his game.
(d) Use the chess pieces to describe cities he has visited.
2. In Chapter 6, Polo claims that he's reached the point where, in the number of people he has known:
(a) His friends outnumber his enemies.
(b) Very few are worth remembering.
(c) The dead outnumber the living.
(d) He recalls all faces but few names.
3. The houses in Argia are filled with what?
(a) Tea pots.
4. The form of the city of Eudoxia is preserved in a carpet. When someone who is lost stares at this carpet, what happens?
(a) One becomes hopelessly lost.
(b) The carpet reveals the exact street on which one stands.
(c) One enters a state of deep sleep.
(d) A guide appears to lead the lost sojourner home.
5. 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.
6. In Chapter 8, Khan is on the verge of:
(a) Growing impatient with Polo and his stories.
(b) A nervous breakdown.
(c) Understanding the rise and fall of a city.
(d) Appointing a new emperor.
7. After the people of Ersilia move and the city is in ruins, what are left?
8. Most inhabitants of Eudoxia believe that the pattern of its carpet is:
(a) Hopelessly baffling.
(b) Impossible to reproduce.
(c) Unparalleled in its complexity.
(d) Of divine origin.
9. Who are the Penates and the Lares?
(a) The ancestors of Melania's inhabitants.
(b) The guardians of Baucis.
(c) The two species that protect the people of Leandra.
(d) The two main tribes of Ersilia.
10. As Khan studies the wood of his chessboard, Polo begins to talk of:
(a) Elephants, strong winds, and sunsets.
(b) An ebony forest , docks, and women at windows.
(c) Tattoos, flowers, and men with beards.
(d) A field of sunflowers, ships, and children fast asleep.
11. What is Octavia known as?
(a) The spider-web city.
(b) Home of the forgotten children.
(c) The city of mist.
(d) The land of lost dreams.
12. When Polo lands at the furthest city to which he's ever traveled, he arrives when?
(a) At the start of the harvest.
(b) During the hour of the wholesale fish market.
(c) In the middle of the city's festival of light.
(d) At the solstice.
13. What happens to the city of Irene as one approaches it?
(a) It floats away.
(b) It vanishes.
(c) It spins.
(d) It changes.
14. Khan wonders why Polo never speaks of:
(c) His family.
(d) His past studies.
15. 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) Sitting in a prison.
(c) Riding through places Polo describes.
(d) Dreaming in his sleep.
Short Answer Questions
1. Polo tells Khan that it is possible the whole world is covered with what?
2. As he travels through Adelma, what does Polo wonder?
3. What does Polo describe Eusapia as?
4. In Argia, what are the streets filled with?
5. Each person in Melania is what?
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