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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) Whether the stones are rough or smooth.
(b) How large the stones are.
(c) Which stone supports the bridge.
(d) How many stones are in the bridge.
2. As Polo studies the wood of Khan's chessboard, what does he point out?
(a) Its natural flaws.
(b) That it's getting late.
(c) That they've not had dinner yet.
(d) Its rich red color.
3. Why does Khan question Polo's motives for travel?
(a) Polo is a complete mystery to him.
(b) He hears the longing in Polo's voice.
(c) He stops trusting Polo.
(d) He no longer wants to fund Polo's travels.
4. What happens to the city of Irene as one approaches it?
(a) It spins.
(b) It vanishes.
(c) It floats away.
(d) It changes.
5. In Chapter 8, Khan is on the verge of:
(a) Growing impatient with Polo and his stories.
(b) Appointing a new emperor.
(c) A nervous breakdown.
(d) Understanding the rise and fall of a city.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the furthest city to which Polo has ever traveled?
2. Esmeralda is known as the city of what?
3. How does Melania's population renew itself?
4. When Polo finds Khan seated at a chessboard, what does the emperor invite Polo to do?
5. In Chapter 5, as Khan sits in his palace visualizing the growth of his empire, what does he see?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the perception of the city of Irene change depending on whether it's viewed by passersby or by inhabitants?
2. Describe the significance of the strings in the city of Ersilia.
3. What does Polo say to Khan when the emperor points out that he never speaks of Venice?
4. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?
5. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
6. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
7. When Polo speaks of imperfections in the wood of Khan's chessboard, how does the emperor respond?
8. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
9. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?
10. 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?
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