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. When Marco Polo first tells his tales to Kublai Khan, he uses:

2. Maurilia was once:

3. Polo gives Khan impressions of:

4. What tangible items do merchants trade in Euphemia?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Polo not know about Armilla?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe life in Eutropia, which is made up of many individual cities of equal size.

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

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

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

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

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

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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