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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. In Esmeralda, people can choose to travel by:
2. Who are the Penates and the Lares?
3. The people of Baucis have:
4. In Chapter 8, Khan is on the verge of:
5. As Polo studies the wood of Khan's chessboard, what does he point out?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
2. Why is it that someone arriving at Thekla will see very little of the city?
3. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
4. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
5. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
6. As Khan visualizes the growth of his empire, what are some of the concerns he has?
7. Describe Esmeralda, the city of water.
8. How does Polo use the game of chess to help Khan better understand the cities of his empire?
9. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
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
Through some of his city descriptions, Polo demonstrates the folly behind people's behavior, customs, traditions, and/or belief systems. Cite three examples from the book where this is the case. Then, compare and contrast these examples. Finally, explain what message you believe Polo is trying to communicate about human nature by these examples.
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 900 words
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