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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 Euphemia, how many different nations gather to trade?

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

3. Whenever the emperor is in a good mood and says how splendid his empire is, he wants to know why Polo:

4. What does Polo say he gauges everywhere he travels to?

5. When Khan says that he has a model city in his mind, he explains that from that city, he can:

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Maurilia connected to its past?

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

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

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

7. Describe the city of Zenobia.

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In many of Polo's stories, there is a strong relationship between the living and the dead.

Part 1) Give specific examples from the book of cities that exhibit some type of connection between those who are alive and those who have passed on.

Part 2) Why does Polo cover this theme? Why does he return to it again and again? What is he trying to establish, either for himself or for the emperor, regarding the interconnectedness of the living and the dead?

Essay Topic 3

Briefly compare and contrast the type of information Polo shares with Khan with what other messengers share with the emperor. Then, address the following questions:

1) What is the goal of Khan's messengers and advisers when they share reports with Khan?

2) What does Polo wish to convey to Khan? How do his storytelling goals differ from those of the other messengers?

3) In your opinion, who is sharing information that is most useful to the emperor--Polo or the other messengers? Why?

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