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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 said to be between two deserts, one of sand and one of water?

2. At the conclusion of Chapter 1, Khan is completely satisfied with Polo's explanations but still remembers what?

3. When Khan says that he has a model city in his mind, he explains that from that city, he can:

4. When Polo goes to Hypatia, what does he learn?

5. Polo tells Khan that he feels this way about the things he saw in Hypatia:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how the cities of Perinthia and Andria are associated with stars, planets, and the night sky.

3. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.

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

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

6. Describe the dialogue that Khan and Polo have regarding the arched bridge made of stone.

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

8. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?

9. What kind of interaction or relationship takes place between humans and animals in Theodora?

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

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

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 3

A common thread through Polo's tales of Khan's cities is "dreams and imagination." His stories are not only informative, but also extremely entertaining for the emperor thanks to the element of fantasy Polo employs.

1) Using specific examples from the book, explain how Marco Polo carries the theme of "dreams and imagination" in his stories.

2) How does this theme grab and hook Khan into Polo's tales?

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