|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. The people of Lenia awaken each day and:
2. The more Khan listens to Polo's stories, the less certain he is that he is sitting in the garden or:
3. As he travels through Adelma, what does Polo wonder?
4. In Esmeralda, people can choose to travel by:
5. The people of Baucis have:
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?
2. How does Polo use the game of chess to help Khan better understand the cities of his empire?
3. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
4. Describe the significance of the strings in the city of Ersilia.
5. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
6. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
7. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
8. As Khan visualizes the growth of his empire, what are some of the concerns he has?
9. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
10. What does Polo say to Khan when the emperor points out that he never speaks of Venice?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Towards the end of the book, Khan's confusion regarding the state of his cities grows.
Part 1) How does Polo use chess and strategy in an attempt to help Khan understand how cities rise and fall?
Part 2) How is Khan's confusion reflected in the confusion represented by the cities described in Polo's stories?
Part 3) Do the two main characters ever find their way out of the maze of confusion? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
Part 1) Why does Polo filter his stories through his memories of Venice? Why is it important for him to connect his stories of Khan's cities to some aspect of Venice? What does he gain from doing this?
Part 2) How does Emperor Khan react to the notion that Polo's accounts of his empire's cities are colored by his memories of Venice? Does it bother him in any way? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
When telling stories to Khan from the steps of the palace, Polo emphasizes the importance of the evening breeze they are enjoying. Explain how the breeze serves as a grounding mechanism. How does it work to imprint memories in Khan's mind? What purpose does it serve the stories Polo tells? How does the breeze affect Khan's connection to the stories and his cities?
This section contains 945 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)