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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 types of objects are found in Clarice's museums?
2. Each person in Melania is what?
3. As Khan studies the wood of his chessboard, Polo begins to talk of:
4. Polo tells Khan that it is possible the whole world is covered with what?
5. Worried about his own empire, Khan begins to dream of cities that are:
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?
2. Leonia, the city that reinvents itself daily, is in danger of what?
3. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.
4. In Chapter 5, how does Polo illustrate to Khan the connections that hold cities together?
5. What does Polo say to Khan when the emperor points out that he never speaks of Venice?
6. Describe the significance of the strings in the city of Ersilia.
7. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
8. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
9. Describe the dialogue that Khan and Polo have regarding the arched bridge made of stone.
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When telling stories to Khan from the steps of the palace, Polo emphasizes the importance of the evening breeze they are enjoying. Explain how the breeze serves as a grounding mechanism. How does it work to imprint memories in Khan's mind? What purpose does it serve the stories Polo tells? How does the breeze affect Khan's connection to the stories and his cities?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
One of Polo's goals is to show the emperor that his cities cannot exist without connections holding each one together. Using examples from the book, explain how Polo elaborates on the theme of "connections within a city." Then, explain how his example of an arched stone bridge supports his premise that the cities are the sum of all of their connections.
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