Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Polo first communicates with Khan, the emperor is able to:
2. Which is the city of perceptions and symbols, where items are valuable because of what they represent, not what they really are?
3. When Polo goes to Hypatia, what does he learn?
4. Which city has supposedly languished and deteriorated, forgotten by the earth?
5. Which city is described as having buildings with spiral staircases and with spiral seashells encrusted in the staircases?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Kublai Khan listen to Marco Polo's fantastic stories about cities he's visited?
2. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
3. Khan and Polo each envision model cities. From these models, what are the two men able to deduce?
4. Describe the gods in the two religions of Isaura.
5. 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?
6. Why does Polo say that it is best to visit Diomira on a September evening?
7. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
8. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
9. Briefly describe Kublai Khan's atlases.
10. What does Polo come to realize about language in Hypatia?
Essay Topic 1
The two main characters question reality to the point where they are not sure if they are presently traveling and only dreaming of being in Khan's garden, or presently relaxing in the garden while dreaming of their travels. Which do you think is the case? Why? Support your conclusion with evidence from the book.
Essay Topic 2
After hearing Polo tell so many varied, interesting stories reflecting the state of Khan's empire, what conclusion does the emperor reach? What has he been trying to learn all along from Polo's stories? Does he get the information he seeks? What does Khan decide or realize about his empire by the end of the book?
Essay Topic 3
In some of Polo's stories, he dissects cities in order to show Khan the bigger picture or the whole story. How does he dissect the cities of Olivia, Sophronia, Eutropia, and Zemrude in Chapter 4? Cite specific examples. How does dissecting these cities serve to paint the big picture so that the emperor can see these cities in their entirety? Explain.
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