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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. As Khan studies the wood of his chessboard, Polo begins to talk of:
2. How does Polo describe the city of Olinda?
3. To make the passing from life to death less abrupt, what have the people of Eusapia done?
4. If a traveler to Thekla asks why the construction is never done, what answer will he hear?
5. What is Esmeralda layered with?
Short Essay Questions
1. Leonia, the city that reinvents itself daily, is in danger of what?
2. As Khan visualizes the growth of his empire, what are some of the concerns he has?
3. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.
4. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
5. What are the theories regarding why the inhabitants of Baucis live up in the clouds and rarely climb down to the ground?
6. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
7. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
8. How does Polo use the game of chess to help Khan better understand the cities of his empire?
9. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?
10. How does the perception of the city of Irene change depending on whether it's viewed by passersby or by inhabitants?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Part 1) Why does Polo filter his stories through his memories of Venice? Why is it important for him to connect his stories of Khan's cities to some aspect of Venice? What does he gain from doing this?
Part 2) How does Emperor Khan react to the notion that Polo's accounts of his empire's cities are colored by his memories of Venice? Does it bother him in any way? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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