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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. In Chapter 8, Khan comes to realize that knowledge of his empire can be found in:
(a) The hidden places in his vast garden.
(b) The hidden spaces between spoken words.
(c) The hidden clues in Polo's stories.
(d) The hidden patterns on a chessboard.
2. Worried about his own empire, Khan begins to dream of cities that are:
(a) Light as feathers and transparent.
(b) Protected by solid stone walls.
(d) Just starting to grow.
3. Polo tells Khan that it is possible the whole world is covered with what?
(a) Wastelands and gardens.
(b) Gold and dust.
(c) Illusions and dreams.
(d) Hope and despair.
4. As the two men sit smoking their pipes, does Khan actually confront Polo?
(a) It's not clear whether this actually happens or Khan only imagines it.
(b) No, Khan never confronts Polo.
(c) Yes, Khan definitely confronts Polo.
(d) The whole sequence is just Khan's dream.
5. In Eusapia, what is there really is no way of knowing anymore?
(a) How long its underground counterpart has existed.
(b) Who is alive and who is dead.
(c) How long the city has existed.
(d) Whether or not the dead truly are communicating with the living.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is at the center of Moriana?
2. The strings of Ersilia come in different colors. What do these colors represent?
3. How does Polo describe Moriana?
4. As he travels through Adelma, what does Polo wonder?
5. Polo says that Clarice is:
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?
2. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
3. Why is it that someone arriving at Thekla will see very little of the city?
4. How does Polo use the game of chess to help Khan better understand the cities of his empire?
5. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
6. How does the perception of the city of Irene change depending on whether it's viewed by passersby or by inhabitants?
7. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
8. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
9. It's not always clear in the story if Khan is speaking to Polo or merely imagining a conversation, such as when he supposedly confronts Polo regarding Venice. Whether the conversation happened or was imagined, what does Khan accuse Polo of regarding Venice?
10. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
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