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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. Polo gives Khan impressions of:
(a) His cities and their inhabitants.
(b) The financial state of the empire.
(c) The meaning of life.
(d) What other leaders think of him.

2. Polo first describes the city of Diomira to Khan as:
(a) A quiet place full of intelligent, inquisitive people and lush gardens.
(b) Desperately in need of revitalization.
(c) Filled with beautiful items, including silver domed buildings and bronze statues.
(d) Gaudy and loud, with ridiculous artwork.

3. Polo explains that if he describes Olivia as rich in products and profits, the emperor should realize that:
(a) The city also contains fine palaces, exotic creatures, soot , grease, and desperation.
(b) Its people are well off and need to share their riches with others in the empire.
(c) Ash falls regularly on the streets and rivers from the efforts of its industrious people.
(d) It is one of the most prosperous and exotic cities in the empire.

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

5. When Marco Polo meets with Kublai Khan, he:
(a) Requests money to be able to continue his travels.
(b) Is worried that Khan will not approve of his stories.
(c) Describes cities that he's visited during his travels.
(d) Asks for a leadership position in the empire.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Polo, what is found in half of Sophronia?

3. When Khan says that he has a model city in his mind, he explains that from that city, he can:

4. What theme runs through Chapter 4 with regard to how Polo tells his tales?

5. Khan tells Polo about his dreams of a city where the farewells from its harbor are what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Polo describe the young women of Armilla?

7. How is Maurilia connected to its past?

8. Describe the city of Zenobia.

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

10. What does Polo come to realize about language in Hypatia?

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