Invisible Cities Test | 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. What does Polo's recollection of the city of Zirma include?

2. What tangible items do merchants trade in Euphemia?

3. Polo first describes the city of Diomira to Khan as:

4. Who tells Polo in Hypatia that, "signs form a language, but not the one you know."

5. Once Polo is able to speak a language that Khan understands, he can:

Short Essay Questions

1. What special ability does the mirror image of Valdrada possess?

2. Explain why Polo says that one cannot forget the city of Zora.

3. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?

4. When Khan and Polo pause in between their conversations, pondering the meaning of what's been said, what does each imagine or visualize?

5. What is the significance of the large metal building located at the center of Fedora?

6. As Khan visualizes the growth of his empire, what are some of the concerns he has?

7. What kind of interaction or relationship takes place between humans and animals in Theodora?

8. Describe how the cities of Perinthia and Andria are associated with stars, planets, and the night sky.

9. Khan and Polo each envision model cities. From these models, what are the two men able to deduce?

10. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Part 1) Compare and contrast the two characters in the story, Kublai Khan and Marco Polo. In what ways are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) What kind of a relationship do Khan and Polo have? What does each learn from the other? Do the characters grow and develop in any way through their interactions with each other? If so, how? Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Through some of his city descriptions, Polo demonstrates the folly behind people's behavior, customs, traditions, and/or belief systems. Cite three examples from the book where this is the case. Then, compare and contrast these examples. Finally, explain what message you believe Polo is trying to communicate about human nature by these examples.

Essay Topic 3

Polo plays with the concept of light and dark. Some cities have beautiful sides along with darker sides. Give examples of these, describing in detail both sides. Are the sides real or imagined? How do they complete the whole? What do you suppose are Polo's reasons for sharing both sides to the emperor? Explain your answers.

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