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

2. Polo offers two vantage points of Zemrude; one includes:
(a) Busy markets and bustling streets.
(b) Flapping curtains, fountains, and windowsills.
(c) Windmills and bright flowers.
(d) Walls with gaping holes.

3. At the beginning of Chapter 2, what do Khan's messengers warn of?
(a) Betrayal.
(b) Disease.
(c) Battles.
(d) Famines.

4. When Khan says that he has a model city in his mind, he explains that from that city, he can:
(a) Send Polo to every other city.
(b) Deduce all possible cities.
(c) Best rule his empire.
(d) Supply silk to the rest of his empire.

5. Polo explains that the city Khan dreams of with the farewells from its harbor has one secret. What is it?
(a) It knows about departures but not returns.
(b) Other cities bring their prisoners here.
(c) Its residents suffer from a rare, mysterious disease.
(d) It is a phantom city born of nymphs' imaginations.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Polo wants to inform the emperor how much darkness is out there by focusing on:

3. Polo states that Dorothea can be described by its canals, towers, people, and history, or how else?

4. Who tells Polo in Hypatia that, "signs form a language, but not the one you know."

5. Why does Khan listen to Polo's stories so intently?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Polo say that it is best to visit Diomira on a September evening?

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

3. 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?

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

5. What does Polo not know about Armilla?

6. Khan and Polo each envision model cities. From these models, what are the two men able to deduce?

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

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

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

10. When Khan and Polo pause in between their conversations, pondering the meaning of what's been said, what does each imagine or visualize?

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