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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 describes a bridge made of stone, Khan wants to know:
(a) How many stones are in the bridge.
(b) Whether the stones are rough or smooth.
(c) Which stone supports the bridge.
(d) How large the stones are.
2. If someone wants to see the blueprint for the city of Thekla, what will he be told?
(a) The blueprint changes from one hour to the next.
(b) To come back after the working day.
(c) It is buried deep beneath the city.
(d) The blueprint was lost in a fire.
3. The people of Lenia awaken each day and:
(a) Ready their kites for flying.
(b) Check their clocks for accuracy.
(c) Wash with unopened bars of soap.
(d) Make a pilgrimage to the beach.
4. In Chapter 8, Khan comes to realize that knowledge of his empire can be found in:
(a) The hidden clues in Polo's stories.
(b) The hidden spaces between spoken words.
(c) The hidden patterns on a chessboard.
(d) The hidden places in his vast garden.
5. How does Polo describe Moriana?
(a) A beautiful city of coral and villas like glass aquariums.
(b) A peaceful place with soft cushions and comfortable beds.
(c) A refuge for the gentle and brokenhearted.
(d) A confounding city filled with smoke and mirrors.
Short Answer Questions
1. If a traveler to Thekla asks why the construction is never done, what answer will he hear?
2. Octavia is full of:
3. The people of Baucis have:
4. After the people of Ersilia move and the city is in ruins, what are left?
5. What is Octavia known as?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is it that someone arriving at Thekla will see very little of the city?
2. 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?
3. How does the perception of the city of Irene change depending on whether it's viewed by passersby or by inhabitants?
4. When Polo speaks of imperfections in the wood of Khan's chessboard, how does the emperor respond?
5. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
6. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
7. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
8. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?
9. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
10. Leonia, the city that reinvents itself daily, is in danger of what?
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