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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 is the furthest city to which Polo has ever traveled?
2. What is Esmeralda layered with?
3. Which of the following is not true about the city of Beersheba?
4. As Polo studies the wood of Khan's chessboard, what does he point out?
5. If a traveler to Thekla asks why the construction is never done, what answer will he hear?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
2. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?
3. Leonia, the city that reinvents itself daily, is in danger of what?
4. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
5. How does the perception of the city of Irene change depending on whether it's viewed by passersby or by inhabitants?
6. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.
7. What are the theories regarding why the inhabitants of Baucis live up in the clouds and rarely climb down to the ground?
8. Describe the significance of the strings in the city of Ersilia.
9. It's not always clear in the story if Khan is speaking to Polo or merely imagining a conversation, such as when he supposedly confronts Polo regarding Venice. Whether the conversation happened or was imagined, what does Khan accuse Polo of regarding Venice?
10. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
How does Polo reveal the disintegration of Khan's empire through his stories? Explain and support your answer with points from the book.
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