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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 cool air clears his mind and keeps him awake.
(c) His traveling days may soon come to an end.
(d) The setting they're in will affect how the tale is remembered.

2. By dissecting each city, what is Polo is trying to explain to Khan?
(a) That not every city within the empire is relevant.
(b) That each city exists outside of its inhabitants and location.
(c) That beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
(d) That there is good and bad within each city.

3. What confuses Polo about Armilla?
(a) He doesn't know whether it's unfinished or has been demolished.
(b) Why everyone living here is so young.
(c) Where its source of water is located.
(d) He can't tell if the people are welcoming him or waiting for him to leave.

4. Which is the city of a thousand wells, sitting above an underground lake?
(a) Tamara.
(b) Laura.
(c) Zirma.
(d) Isaura.

5. When Polo speaks of Zemrude, one of the views he offers is filled with:
(a) Gutters, fish scales, and trash.
(b) Beggars, thieves, and tax collectors.
(c) Old men and women with vacant eyes.
(d) Staircases that go nowhere.

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

3. Polo understands that when he has irritated Khan, the emperor will:

4. Where is the city of Valdrada built?

5. The "white city" described by Polo is:

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the information provided to Khan by his other messengers differ from what Polo shares?

2. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?

3. What does Polo not know about Armilla?

4. Describe the city of Zenobia.

5. Why does Kublai Khan listen to Marco Polo's fantastic stories about cities he's visited?

6. Describe how the cities of Perinthia and Andria are associated with stars, planets, and the night sky.

7. Why is it that someone arriving at Thekla will see very little of the city?

8. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.

9. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.

10. Leonia, the city that reinvents itself daily, is in danger of what?

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