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. 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. The "white city" described by Polo is:

3. When Khan describes cities to Polo, what does he tell Polo to do?

4. What creates connections between lives in Chloe?

5. When do merchants from many different nations gather at Euphemia to trade?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Khan react to Polo's stories when he's feeling euphoric about his empire?

5. Describe life in Eutropia, which is made up of many individual cities of equal size.

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

7. How does the information provided to Khan by his other messengers differ from what Polo shares?

8. Why would you say the cities described by Polo in Chapter 3 have an especially dreamy quality about them?

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

10. What happens from time to time to the temporary part of the city of Sophronia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Towards the end of the book, Khan's confusion regarding the state of his cities grows.

Part 1) How does Polo use chess and strategy in an attempt to help Khan understand how cities rise and fall?

Part 2) How is Khan's confusion reflected in the confusion represented by the cities described in Polo's stories?

Part 3) Do the two main characters ever find their way out of the maze of confusion? Explain.

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