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 first describes the city of Diomira to Khan as:

2. Where do the people of Isaura find water?

3. By dissecting each city, what is Polo is trying to explain to Khan?

4. When do merchants from many different nations gather at Euphemia to trade?

5. Maurilia was once:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 4, why does Polo dissect every city he describes to Khan?

3. What is it about Anastasia that it would make slaves of men?

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

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

6. In what way are the people of Chloe connected to each other?

7. Even though Zobeide, the white city, was made from the dreams of many men of different nationalities, how do strangers see the place?

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

9. How does Khan react upon growing impatient with Polo's stories?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Is it ever possible to tell whether Polo's stories have any truth to them or are completely made up? Why or why not? What examples or book passages support your conclusion?

Essay Topic 3

Briefly compare and contrast the type of information Polo shares with Khan with what other messengers share with the emperor. Then, address the following questions:

1) What is the goal of Khan's messengers and advisers when they share reports with Khan?

2) What does Polo wish to convey to Khan? How do his storytelling goals differ from those of the other messengers?

3) In your opinion, who is sharing information that is most useful to the emperor--Polo or the other messengers? Why?

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