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 theme runs through Chapter 4 with regard to how Polo tells his tales?

2. When the emperor tells Polo that he's dreamed up a city and describes it, what does Polo reply?

3. What city is found 80 miles northwest of Zenobia?

4. Khan tells Polo about his dreams of a city where the farewells from its harbor are what?

5. In the city with the large metal building in its center, what's inside each room of the building?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Maurilia connected to its past?

4. Why does Kublai Khan listen to Marco Polo's fantastic stories about cities he's visited?

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

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

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

8. Describe the gods in the two religions of Isaura.

9. Located 80 miles northwest of Zenobia, what is the city of Euphemia like?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Polo reveal the disintegration of Khan's empire through his stories? Explain and support your answer with points from the book.

Essay Topic 2

One of Polo's goals is to show the emperor that his cities cannot exist without connections holding each one together. Using examples from the book, explain how Polo elaborates on the theme of "connections within a city." Then, explain how his example of an arched stone bridge supports his premise that the cities are the sum of all of their connections.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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