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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 the hidden side of Moriana look like?
2. In Eusapia, what is there really is no way of knowing anymore?
3. In Trude, only the name of what changes?
4. How does Melania's population renew itself?
5. The houses in Argia are filled with what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
2. As Khan visualizes the growth of his empire, what are some of the concerns he has?
3. What are the theories regarding why the inhabitants of Baucis live up in the clouds and rarely climb down to the ground?
4. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
5. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
6. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
7. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?
8. Leonia, the city that reinvents itself daily, is in danger of what?
9. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.
10. 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?
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
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
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.
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