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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 Khan dream his lands are filled with?
2. When one listens to the ground in Argia, what does one hear?
3. In Chapter 8, Khan comes to realize that knowledge of his empire can be found in:
4. How does Polo describe the city of Olinda?
5. How does Melania's population renew itself?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
2. 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?
3. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?
4. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
5. What are the theories regarding why the inhabitants of Baucis live up in the clouds and rarely climb down to the ground?
6. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
7. 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?
8. Describe Esmeralda, the city of water.
9. Describe the dialogue that Khan and Polo have regarding the arched bridge made of stone.
10. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Khan alternates between being pessimistic and being optimistic about his empire.
1) What concerns and hopes does Khan have about his empire? Cite specific examples.
2) How do Polo's stories fuel or soothe the emperor's worries and ambitions?
3) Seeing Khan at odds with himself, how does Polo use this opportunity to expand the emperor's understanding of the cities within his empire?
Essay Topic 2
Towards the end of the book, Khan's confusion regarding the state of his cities grows.
Part 1) How does Polo use chess and strategy in an attempt to help Khan understand how cities rise and fall?
Part 2) How is Khan's confusion reflected in the confusion represented by the cities described in Polo's stories?
Part 3) Do the two main characters ever find their way out of the maze of confusion? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
In some of Polo's stories, he dissects cities in order to show Khan the bigger picture or the whole story. How does he dissect the cities of Olivia, Sophronia, Eutropia, and Zemrude in Chapter 4? Cite specific examples. How does dissecting these cities serve to paint the big picture so that the emperor can see these cities in their entirety? Explain.
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