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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. Whenever the emperor is in a good mood and says how splendid his empire is, he wants to know why Polo:
(a) Focuses on inessential and disappointing things.
(b) Has stopped traveling.
(c) Criticizes the people of his empire.
(d) Doesn't bring back more souvenirs.

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

3. Which city is said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?
(a) Isidora.
(b) Diomira.
(c) Despina.
(d) Zaira.

4. When the people of Chloe pass each other in the street, what do they do?
(a) Picture each other wearing different clothes.
(b) Bow deeply to each other.
(c) Stop to exchange warm greetings.
(d) Imagine entire lives for each other.

5. In Armilla, what is one likely to catch a glimpse of?
(a) Prayer flags fluttering from rooftops.
(b) Children flying colorful, dragon-shaped kites in the distance.
(c) Young women bathing in the many tubs and showers.
(d) Young boys fishing with their bare hands in the river.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Polo tells Khan that he feels this way about the things he saw in Hypatia:

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

4. When he is quiet, what does Polo sometimes imagine?

5. Polo says that each action in Valdrada is inverted in:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it about Anastasia that it would make slaves of men?

2. Briefly describe Kublai Khan's atlases.

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

5. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?

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

7. When Polo speaks of imperfections in the wood of Khan's chessboard, how does the emperor respond?

8. What does Polo not know about Armilla?

9. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.

10. When Polo suggests to Khan that the garden where they share stories may exist only in their minds and that, in reality, they may still be traveling, what does the emperor say?

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