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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 is Esmeralda layered with?
2. Polo lays assorted items at the feet of Khan and uses them for what?
3. As the two men sit smoking their pipes, does Khan actually confront Polo?
4. Most inhabitants of Eudoxia believe that the pattern of its carpet is:
5. Leandra is protected by two species, both of which are:
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
3. 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?
4. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
5. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
6. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
7. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
8. What does Polo say to Khan when the emperor points out that he never speaks of Venice?
9. What are the theories regarding why the inhabitants of Baucis live up in the clouds and rarely climb down to the ground?
10. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
After hearing Polo tell so many varied, interesting stories reflecting the state of Khan's empire, what conclusion does the emperor reach? What has he been trying to learn all along from Polo's stories? Does he get the information he seeks? What does Khan decide or realize about his empire by the end of the book?
Essay Topic 2
In many of Polo's stories, there is a strong relationship between the living and the dead.
Part 1) Give specific examples from the book of cities that exhibit some type of connection between those who are alive and those who have passed on.
Part 2) Why does Polo cover this theme? Why does he return to it again and again? What is he trying to establish, either for himself or for the emperor, regarding the interconnectedness of the living and the dead?
Essay Topic 3
Polo plays with the concept of light and dark. Some cities have beautiful sides along with darker sides. Give examples of these, describing in detail both sides. Are the sides real or imagined? How do they complete the whole? What do you suppose are Polo's reasons for sharing both sides to the emperor? Explain your answers.
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