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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. The "white city" described by Polo is:
(a) Based on the dream of many men.
(b) Surrounded by a tall, whitewashed wall.
(c) Built with seashells and white stones.
(d) Accessible by sea only.

2. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held high, how does he see the city?
(a) Through a mist.
(b) Directly in front.
(c) From below.
(d) Vibrant.

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

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

5. Once Polo is able to speak a language that Khan understands, he can:
(a) Be arrogant and disagreeable.
(b) Request to go on more voyages.
(c) Demand greater pay.
(d) Be very precise in his descriptions.

Short Answer Questions

1. At times, Polo and Khan sit quietly to:

2. What does Polo say he gauges everywhere he travels to?

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

4. Which is the city of a thousand wells, sitting above an underground lake?

5. When one leaves Zenobia and travels for six days and seven nights, where would one end up?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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