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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 does Polo describe Eusapia as?
2. Why does Khan wonder when Polo actually has time to travel to far-off cities?
3. If someone wants to see the blueprint for the city of Thekla, what will he be told?
4. Octavia is full of:
5. How does Polo describe Moriana?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Polo use the game of chess to help Khan better understand the cities of his empire?
2. What does Polo say to Khan when the emperor points out that he never speaks of Venice?
3. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
4. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
5. As Khan visualizes the growth of his empire, what are some of the concerns he has?
6. 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?
7. When Polo suggests to Khan that the garden where they share stories may exist only in their minds and that, in reality, they may still be traveling, what does the emperor say?
8. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
9. Describe the significance of the strings in the city of Ersilia.
10. How does the perception of the city of Irene change depending on whether it's viewed by passersby or by inhabitants?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Polo plays with the concept of light and dark. Some cities have beautiful sides along with darker sides. Give examples of these, describing in detail both sides. Are the sides real or imagined? How do they complete the whole? What do you suppose are Polo's reasons for sharing both sides to the emperor? Explain your answers.
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
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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