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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. Worried about his own empire, Khan begins to dream of cities that are:
3. The people of Lenia awaken each day and:
4. In Chapter 8, Khan is on the verge of:
5. Which of the following is not true about the city of Beersheba?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
2. When Polo speaks of imperfections in the wood of Khan's chessboard, how does the emperor respond?
3. Describe the dialogue that Khan and Polo have regarding the arched bridge made of stone.
4. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
5. What does Polo say to Khan when the emperor points out that he never speaks of Venice?
6. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
7. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
8. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
9. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?
10. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Part 1) Compare and contrast the two characters in the story, Kublai Khan and Marco Polo. In what ways are they similar? How are they different?
Part 2) What kind of a relationship do Khan and Polo have? What does each learn from the other? Do the characters grow and develop in any way through their interactions with each other? If so, how? Cite examples from the book to support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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