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. After the people of Chloe lock eyes with each other for a moment, what do they do?

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

3. Once Polo is able to speak a language that Khan understands, he can:

4. At the beginning of Chapter 2, what do Khan's messengers warn of?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the city of Zenobia.

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

4. What happens from time to time to the temporary part of the city of Sophronia?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Khan and Polo each envision model cities. From these models, what are the two men able to deduce?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Polo reveal the disintegration of Khan's empire through his stories? Explain and support your answer with points from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Part 1) Compare and contrast the two characters in the story, Kublai Khan and Marco Polo. In what ways are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) What kind of a relationship do Khan and Polo have? What does each learn from the other? Do the characters grow and develop in any way through their interactions with each other? If so, how? Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

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