Invisible Cities Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 families in Leandra move in to new houses, who follows them?

2. In Trude, only the name of what changes?

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

4. How does Polo describe the city of Olinda?

5. Octavia is full of:

Short Essay Questions

1. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?

2. 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?

3. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?

4. Why is it that someone arriving at Thekla will see very little of the city?

5. How does Polo use the game of chess to help Khan better understand the cities of his empire?

6. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.

7. Describe the significance of the strings in the city of Ersilia.

8. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?

9. Describe the dialogue that Khan and Polo have regarding the arched bridge made of stone.

10. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which of the two characters, Khan or Polo, has a more realistic understanding of the state of the empire? Which would you say has a more hopeful view of the empire's future? Support your answers with examples from the story.

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

The two main characters question reality to the point where they are not sure if they are presently traveling and only dreaming of being in Khan's garden, or presently relaxing in the garden while dreaming of their travels. Which do you think is the case? Why? Support your conclusion with evidence from the book.

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