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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 Polo tells his tales while enjoying the evening breeze as he sits on a doorstep, what does he explain to Khan?
(a) The cool air clears his mind and keeps him awake.
(b) The setting they're in will affect how the tale is remembered.
(c) This reminds him of a time from one of his past travels.
(d) His traveling days may soon come to an end.

2. What does Polo explain that Zemrude's form is based on?
(a) The dream of the dreamer.
(b) The traveler's mood.
(c) The orientation of the sky.
(d) The hope of its people.

3. When Marco Polo first tells his tales to Kublai Khan, he uses:
(a) An interpreter.
(b) Gestures and pantomimes.
(c) Large words to impress Khan.
(d) A language Khan developed.

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

5. When Polo speaks of a city, he speaks:
(a) With a stutter.
(b) With an air of great authority.
(c) Only what he thinks the emperor wants to hear.
(d) Of his own perceptions of the city.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Khan accuses Polo of lying about the state of his empire, what does Polo say?

2. When do merchants from many different nations gather at Euphemia to trade?

3. Why does Polo initially rely on symbols to represent people and places?

4. When the people of Chloe pass each other in the street, what do they do?

5. This peninsular city can be reached by ship or camel, revealing itself to travelers by both land and sea:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe how the means of communication between Khan and Polo evolves.

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

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

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

9. What is the significance of the large metal building located at the center of Fedora?

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

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