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. At times, Polo and Khan sit quietly to:

2. 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?

3. Which city do visitors consider to be a trap?

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

5. Polo gives Khan impressions of:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the evening breeze that Khan and Polo enjoy while conversing on the steps of the palace?

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

3. In what way is Tamara a city of perceptions and symbols?

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

5. Describe the city of Zenobia.

6. Why would you say the cities described by Polo in Chapter 3 have an especially dreamy quality about them?

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

8. Why does Polo say that it is best to visit Diomira on a September evening?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The two main characters question reality to the point where they are not sure if they are presently traveling and only dreaming of being in Khan's garden, or presently relaxing in the garden while dreaming of their travels. Which do you think is the case? Why? Support your conclusion with evidence from the book.

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