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. Polo offers two vantage points of Zemrude; one includes:

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

3. In Armilla, what is one likely to catch a glimpse of?

4. Which city is said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?

5. Polo describes a city with two forms of religion. In one, the gods live in a subterranean lake. In the other, the gods live where?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the city of Zenobia.

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

4. What does Polo not know about Armilla?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. Why does Polo say that it is best to visit Diomira on a September evening?

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

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 2

Part 1) What does Polo stand to gain by sharing stories about the empire's cities with Khan? What might he lose?

Part 2) How does Khan benefit from the information provided by Polo? Does it affect his ruling style in any way? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Part 1) Why does Polo filter his stories through his memories of Venice? Why is it important for him to connect his stories of Khan's cities to some aspect of Venice? What does he gain from doing this?

Part 2) How does Emperor Khan react to the notion that Polo's accounts of his empire's cities are colored by his memories of Venice? Does it bother him in any way? Why or why not?

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