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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. The houses in Argia are filled with what?
2. When a traveler arrives at Phyllis, what does he decide to do?
3. In Esmeralda, people can choose to travel by:
4. When families in Leandra move in to new houses, who follows them?
5. What does the hidden side of Moriana look like?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the significance of the strings in the city of Ersilia.
2. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
3. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?
4. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
5. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
6. Why is it that someone arriving at Thekla will see very little of the city?
7. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
8. How does the perception of the city of Irene change depending on whether it's viewed by passersby or by inhabitants?
9. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.
10. How does Clarice preserve and display its history?
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
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
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?
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