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

2. At the conclusion of Chapter 1, Khan is completely satisfied with Polo's explanations but still remembers what?
(a) To pretend to question Polo's accuracy.
(b) The symbols and emblems Polo once used.
(c) That Polo used to lie to him.
(d) How ridiculous Polo looked when he used more gestures.

3. In Hypatia, when Polo wants to see the sultan at the palace, who is he allowed to question instead?
(a) The second in command.
(b) The sultan's shoemaker.
(c) Philosophers.
(d) Servants.

4. When describing the cities of Eutropia, Polo explains that:
(a) Only one is inhabited at a time.
(b) All were once destroyed by a large earthquake.
(c) Each one is ruled by a benevolent elder.
(d) Its inhabitants are unusually tall.

5. What's missing in Armilla?
(a) Walls, ceilings, and floors.
(b) Roads.
(c) A comprehensible language.
(d) Law and order.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tells Polo in Hypatia that, "signs form a language, but not the one you know."

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

3. What confuses Polo about Armilla?

4. Polo describes a city with two forms of religion. In one, the gods live in a subterranean lake. In the other, the gods live where?

5. When Khan describes cities to Polo, what does he tell Polo to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Maurilia connected to its past?

3. Why would you say the cities described by Polo in Chapter 3 have an especially dreamy quality about them?

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

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

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

7. Located 80 miles northwest of Zenobia, what is the city of Euphemia like?

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

9. 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?

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

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