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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's missing in Armilla?

2. Someone traveling to Maurilia will be invited to 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 tells his tales while enjoying the evening breeze as he sits on a doorstep, what does he explain to Khan?

5. Polo explains that if he describes Olivia as rich in products and profits, the emperor should realize that:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Khan instructs Polo to find the city from his dreams that has a north-facing harbor from which ships regularly leave as the people ashore wave their last goodbyes, what does Polo say?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At first, Polo does not speak Khan's language and therefore uses symbols and gestures to communicate his stories. Later, he learns to speak a language Khan speaks and is able to give the emperor precise descriptions.

1) Analyze how Khan interprets Polo's stories when they are told through symbols and gestures. How much does he comprehend? What is left to his imagination? How does he fill in the blanks?

2) How do Khan's interpretations of the stories change once Polo learns to speak his language? Is any information lost, gained, or transformed? Explain.

3) Analyze the differences in Khan's interpretations when the stories are told through symbols and when they are told through clear spoken language. Which interpretation is closest to the truth Polo is trying to convey? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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