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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. How does Melania's population renew itself?
2. What do the residents of Ersilia do?
3. Which of the following is not true about the city of Beersheba?
4. When Khan travels to visit Kin-sai, what does Polo do?
5. In Chapter 8, Khan is on the verge of:
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. When Polo speaks of imperfections in the wood of Khan's chessboard, how does the emperor respond?
3. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
4. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
5. As Khan visualizes the growth of his empire, what are some of the concerns he has?
6. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
7. Describe Esmeralda, the city of water.
8. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
9. Why is it that someone arriving at Thekla will see very little of the city?
10. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
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
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
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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