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. Why does Khan listen to Polo's stories so intently?

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

3. What does Polo's recollection of the city of Zirma include?

4. When he is quiet, what does Polo sometimes imagine?

5. When Khan asks if he will finally be able to fully possess his empire after learning the meaning of all of Polo's symbols, the traveler replies that Khan:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?

3. Describe the city of Zenobia.

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

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

6. What kind of interaction or relationship takes place between humans and animals in Theodora?

7. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?

8. In the end, what matters most about Khan's relationship with, or understanding of, his many cities?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Through some of his city descriptions, Polo demonstrates the folly behind people's behavior, customs, traditions, and/or belief systems. Cite three examples from the book where this is the case. Then, compare and contrast these examples. Finally, explain what message you believe Polo is trying to communicate about human nature by these examples.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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