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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. Which of these is not a city described by Polo in Chapter 2?
(a) Zenobia.
(b) Maurilia.
(c) Euphemia.
(d) Kublai.

2. When Khan asks if he will finally be able to fully possess his empire after learning the meaning of all of Polo's symbols, the traveler replies that Khan:
(a) Will be esteemed by every man, woman, and child in the empire.
(b) Will be able to teach the symbols to his many children.
(c) Will reach a state of great enlightenment.
(d) Will then be an emblem among the emblems.

3. Maurilia was once:
(a) Thoroughly devastated by a flood.
(b) Ruled completely by matriarchs.
(c) A completely different city with the same name.
(d) Completely submerged under water.

4. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held down by grief, how will he see the city?
(a) From above.
(b) Brilliantly lit.
(c) In decline.
(d) Void of color.

5. According to Polo, what is found in half of Sophronia?
(a) Markets selling the riches of the world.
(b) An observatory with a large telescope and wise astrologers.
(c) A fair with a roller coaster, carousel, and ferris wheel.
(d) Tent cities with the poorest of the poor.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what use are Polo's tales to the emperor?

2. What does Polo explain that Zemrude's form is based on?

3. Anastasia is described as being full of precious and mundane objects such as:

4. What's missing in Armilla?

5. After Khan sends Polo on many missions, Polo learns:

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Polo say its pointless to try to describe the city of Zaira?

2. Describe how the means of communication between Khan and Polo evolves.

3. In what way is Tamara a city of perceptions and symbols?

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

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

6. Even though Zobeide, the white city, was made from the dreams of many men of different nationalities, how do strangers see the place?

7. How is Maurilia connected to its past?

8. What happens from time to time to the temporary part of the city of Sophronia?

9. Why would you say the cities described by Polo in Chapter 3 have an especially dreamy quality about them?

10. How does Khan react to Polo's stories when he's feeling euphoric about his empire?

(see the answer keys)

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