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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 strangers arrive to Zobeide, what impression do they have of the city?
(a) They've seen this place before in their dreams.
(b) They do not understand what drew people here.
(c) It looks like a piece of heaven.
(d) They feel a deep longing in their hearts.

2. What is Eutropia composed of?
(a) One large city surrounding a smaller city.
(b) Three cities separated from each other by a lake.
(c) A number of equally sized cities.
(d) Island cities within a vast lake.

3. Who tells Polo in Hypatia that, "signs form a language, but not the one you know."
(a) The sultan.
(b) One of the philosphers.
(c) One of the servants.
(d) The sultan's eldest son.

4. Which is the city of perceptions and symbols, where items are valuable because of what they represent, not what they really are?
(a) Tamara.
(b) Isaura.
(c) Zora.
(d) Zirma.

5. Anastasia is described as being full of precious and mundane objects such as:
(a) Silver and shells.
(b) Onyx and agate.
(c) Turquoise and tin.
(d) Gold and sea stones.

Short Answer Questions

1. When describing the cities of Eutropia, Polo explains that:

2. When Polo speaks of Zemrude, one of the views he offers is filled with:

3. In Hypatia, when Polo wants to see the sultan at the palace, who is he allowed to question instead?

4. When Polo speaks of a city, he speaks:

5. Khan's messengers advise him on the price of:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In Chapter 4, why does Polo dissect every city he describes to Khan?

6. Describe life in Eutropia, which is made up of many individual cities of equal size.

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

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

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

10. In what way are the people of Chloe connected to each other?

(see the answer keys)

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