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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. Which city is described as a place where traitors are strung from lampposts and old men sit on docks, telling stories while mending fishing nets?

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

3. What is Eutropia composed of?

4. At the conclusion of Chapter 1, Khan is completely satisfied with Polo's explanations but still remembers what?

5. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held high, how does he see the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Khan instructs Polo to find the city from his dreams that has a north-facing harbor from which ships regularly leave as the people ashore wave their last goodbyes, what does Polo say?

2. Describe how the means of communication between Khan and Polo evolves.

3. How does Polo describe the young women of Armilla?

4. Why does Polo say its pointless to try to describe the city of Zaira?

5. What do the different models of the city of Fedora show?

6. In what way is Tamara a city of perceptions and symbols?

7. What does Polo not know about Armilla?

8. What is the significance of the evening breeze that Khan and Polo enjoy while conversing on the steps of the palace?

9. Describe the city of Zenobia.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many of Polo's stories, there is a strong relationship between the living and the dead.

Part 1) Give specific examples from the book of cities that exhibit some type of connection between those who are alive and those who have passed on.

Part 2) Why does Polo cover this theme? Why does he return to it again and again? What is he trying to establish, either for himself or for the emperor, regarding the interconnectedness of the living and the dead?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

When telling stories to Khan from the steps of the palace, Polo emphasizes the importance of the evening breeze they are enjoying. Explain how the breeze serves as a grounding mechanism. How does it work to imprint memories in Khan's mind? What purpose does it serve the stories Polo tells? How does the breeze affect Khan's connection to the stories and his cities?

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