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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. Why does Polo initially rely on symbols to represent people and places?
(a) He wants to make it more challenging for Khan.
(b) He's too shy to speak directly to the emperor.
(c) He's eccentric and mischievous.
(d) He cannot speak Khan's language.

2. When the emperor and the traveler grow quiet in order to reflect on what was just said, the emperor sometimes:
(a) Weeps quietly.
(b) Clears his throat loudly.
(c) Imagines Polo answering his questions.
(d) Stares at Polo piercingly.

3. What theme runs through Chapter 4 with regard to how Polo tells his tales?
(a) Treating each city as if it was a separate star in the night sky.
(b) Turning the cities into dreams born from imagination.
(c) Fabricating stories about the cities to make them more beautiful than they are.
(d) Breaking down the cities so the emperor can see them completely.

4. Polo describes a city with two forms of religion. In one, the gods live in a subterranean lake. In the other, the gods live where?
(a) Clouds that bring rain.
(b) Statues and monuments.
(c) The blades of windmills.
(d) The top of the volcanic mountain.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Polo tells Khan that the second half of Sophronia is filled with what?

2. Polo offers two vantage points of Zemrude; one includes:

3. How does Polo describe the people of Chloe?

4. At Euphemia, how many different nations gather to trade?

5. In order to really understand the language of Hypatia, what must Polo do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Khan react upon growing impatient with Polo's stories?

2. What special ability does the mirror image of Valdrada possess?

3. What is the significance of the evening breeze that Khan and Polo enjoy while conversing on the steps of the palace?

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

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

6. What do the different models of the city of Fedora show?

7. Describe the gods in the two religions of Isaura.

8. Describe the city of Zenobia.

9. When Khan instructs Polo to find the city from his dreams that has a north-facing harbor from which ships regularly leave as the people ashore wave their last goodbyes, what does Polo say?

10. Explain why Polo says that one cannot forget the city of Zora.

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