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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. When Polo describes a bridge made of stone, Khan wants to know:
2. In Esmeralda, people can choose to travel by:
3. To make the passing from life to death less abrupt, what have the people of Eusapia done?
4. Who are the Penates and the Lares?
5. What is the furthest city to which Polo has ever traveled?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
2. How does the perception of the city of Irene change depending on whether it's viewed by passersby or by inhabitants?
3. 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?
4. Describe the dialogue that Khan and Polo have regarding the arched bridge made of stone.
5. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?
6. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
7. 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?
8. How does Polo use the game of chess to help Khan better understand the cities of his empire?
9. What are the theories regarding why the inhabitants of Baucis live up in the clouds and rarely climb down to the ground?
10. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In some of Polo's stories, he dissects cities in order to show Khan the bigger picture or the whole story. How does he dissect the cities of Olivia, Sophronia, Eutropia, and Zemrude in Chapter 4? Cite specific examples. How does dissecting these cities serve to paint the big picture so that the emperor can see these cities in their entirety? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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