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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 Polo describe Eusapia as?

2. As he travels through Adelma, what does Polo wonder?

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

4. Someone in Thekla will see what?

5. If a traveler to Thekla asks why the construction is never done, what answer will he hear?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the perception of the city of Irene change depending on whether it's viewed by passersby or by inhabitants?

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. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?

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

5. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?

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

7. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?

8. 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?

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

10. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A common thread through Polo's tales of Khan's cities is "dreams and imagination." His stories are not only informative, but also extremely entertaining for the emperor thanks to the element of fantasy Polo employs.

1) Using specific examples from the book, explain how Marco Polo carries the theme of "dreams and imagination" in his stories.

2) How does this theme grab and hook Khan into Polo's tales?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Briefly compare and contrast the type of information Polo shares with Khan with what other messengers share with the emperor. Then, address the following questions:

1) What is the goal of Khan's messengers and advisers when they share reports with Khan?

2) What does Polo wish to convey to Khan? How do his storytelling goals differ from those of the other messengers?

3) In your opinion, who is sharing information that is most useful to the emperor--Polo or the other messengers? Why?

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