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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 Chapter 8, Khan is on the verge of:
2. As Polo studies the wood of Khan's chessboard, what does he point out?
3. How does Polo describe Moriana?
4. As Khan studies the wood of his chessboard, Polo begins to talk of:
5. What items from his travels does Polo spread at the feet of Khan in Chapter 8?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
2. What does Polo say to Khan when the emperor points out that he never speaks of Venice?
3. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
4. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.
5. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
6. When Polo speaks of imperfections in the wood of Khan's chessboard, how does the emperor respond?
7. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?
8. Describe the significance of the strings in the city of Ersilia.
9. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
10. 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?
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
How does Polo reveal the disintegration of Khan's empire through his stories? Explain and support your answer with points from the book.
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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