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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. What does Polo say that Pyrrha represents for him?
(a) The ultimate in decadence.
(b) All the cities he's never seen.
(c) The picture of his childhood dreams.
(d) The perfect city.
2. The form of the city of Eudoxia is preserved in a carpet. When someone who is lost stares at this carpet, what happens?
(a) The carpet reveals the exact street on which one stands.
(b) One enters a state of deep sleep.
(c) A guide appears to lead the lost sojourner home.
(d) One becomes hopelessly lost.
3. Can the reader tell with certainty whether or not Polo's many cities actually exist?
(a) Only in a handful of cases.
(d) Yes, in most cases.
4. When Polo lands at the furthest city to which he's ever traveled, he arrives when?
(a) At the start of the harvest.
(b) During the hour of the wholesale fish market.
(c) At the solstice.
(d) In the middle of the city's festival of light.
5. How does Melania's population renew itself?
(a) Through the annual "Festival of Renewal."
(b) Through the acting out of an ongoing dialogue.
(c) By reciting vows at the start of each new year.
(d) By being reborn and living multiple lives.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the furthest city to which Polo has ever traveled?
2. Someone in Thekla will see what?
3. The more Khan listens to Polo's stories, the less certain he is that he is sitting in the garden or:
4. The houses in Argia are filled with what?
5. In Trude, only the name of what changes?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?
2. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
6. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?
7. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
8. What does Polo say to Khan when the emperor points out that he never speaks of Venice?
9. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.
10. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
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