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. What confuses Polo about Armilla?

2. Polo wants to inform the emperor how much darkness is out there by focusing on:

3. Which is the city of perceptions and symbols, where items are valuable because of what they represent, not what they really are?

4. Polo says that Zaira is defined by:

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of the large metal building located at the center of Fedora?

3. How is Maurilia connected to its past?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After hearing Polo tell so many varied, interesting stories reflecting the state of Khan's empire, what conclusion does the emperor reach? What has he been trying to learn all along from Polo's stories? Does he get the information he seeks? What does Khan decide or realize about his empire by the end of the book?

Essay Topic 3

Khan alternates between being pessimistic and being optimistic about his empire.

1) What concerns and hopes does Khan have about his empire? Cite specific examples.

2) How do Polo's stories fuel or soothe the emperor's worries and ambitions?

3) Seeing Khan at odds with himself, how does Polo use this opportunity to expand the emperor's understanding of the cities within his empire?

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