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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 gives Khan impressions of:

2. At times, Polo and Khan sit quietly to:

3. If a traveler walks into Zemrude with his head held down by grief, how will he see the city?

4. Polo wants to inform the emperor how much darkness is out there by focusing on:

5. When Polo speaks of Zemrude, one of the views he offers is filled with:

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In some of Polo's stories, he dissects cities in order to show Khan the bigger picture or the whole story. How does he dissect the cities of Olivia, Sophronia, Eutropia, and Zemrude in Chapter 4? Cite specific examples. How does dissecting these cities serve to paint the big picture so that the emperor can see these cities in their entirety? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

At first, Polo does not speak Khan's language and therefore uses symbols and gestures to communicate his stories. Later, he learns to speak a language Khan speaks and is able to give the emperor precise descriptions.

1) Analyze how Khan interprets Polo's stories when they are told through symbols and gestures. How much does he comprehend? What is left to his imagination? How does he fill in the blanks?

2) How do Khan's interpretations of the stories change once Polo learns to speak his language? Is any information lost, gained, or transformed? Explain.

3) Analyze the differences in Khan's interpretations when the stories are told through symbols and when they are told through clear spoken language. Which interpretation is closest to the truth Polo is trying to convey? Why?

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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