Invisible Cities Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Polo studies the wood of Khan's chessboard, what does he point out?

2. When Polo describes a bridge made of stone, Khan wants to know:

3. In Chapter 6, Polo claims that he's reached the point where, in the number of people he has known:

4. What happens to the city of Irene as one approaches it?

5. As Khan studies the wood of his chessboard, Polo begins to talk of:

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Part 1) What does Polo stand to gain by sharing stories about the empire's cities with Khan? What might he lose?

Part 2) How does Khan benefit from the information provided by Polo? Does it affect his ruling style in any way? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

One of Polo's goals is to show the emperor that his cities cannot exist without connections holding each one together. Using examples from the book, explain how Polo elaborates on the theme of "connections within a city." Then, explain how his example of an arched stone bridge supports his premise that the cities are the sum of all of their connections.

Essay Topic 3

Quite a few of Polo's descriptions reveal the condition of a city in its past, present, and future versions.

Part 1) How is the time line or chronology of a city illustrated by Polo's stories? Cite a few examples.

Part 2) What is the significance to Khan of showing him his cities through their chronology? What meaning or message is Polo trying to impart? What type of understanding does he hope the emperor will reach from this time line information?

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