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. Maurilia was once:

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. What does Polo come to realize about language in Hypatia?

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

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

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

Which of the two characters, Khan or Polo, has a more realistic understanding of the state of the empire? Which would you say has a more hopeful view of the empire's future? Support your answers with examples from the story.

Essay Topic 2

Quite a few of Polo's descriptions reveal the condition of a city in its past, present, and future versions.

Part 1) How is the time line or chronology of a city illustrated by Polo's stories? Cite a few examples.

Part 2) What is the significance to Khan of showing him his cities through their chronology? What meaning or message is Polo trying to impart? What type of understanding does he hope the emperor will reach from this time line information?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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