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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. To make the passing from life to death less abrupt, what have the people of Eusapia done?
2. In Chapter 8, Khan is on the verge of:
3. In Eusapia, what is there really is no way of knowing anymore?
4. When a traveler arrives at Phyllis, what does he decide to do?
5. What does Polo describe Eusapia as?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Polo speaks of imperfections in the wood of Khan's chessboard, how does the emperor respond?
2. Describe Esmeralda, the city of water.
3. As Khan visualizes the growth of his empire, what are some of the concerns he has?
4. How does Polo use the game of chess to help Khan better understand the cities of his empire?
5. Leonia, the city that reinvents itself daily, is in danger of what?
6. What does Polo say to Khan when the emperor points out that he never speaks of Venice?
7. Describe the two species that protect Leandra.
8. Describe the significance of the strings in the city of Ersilia.
9. Who lives in the underground city of Eusapia, and who has access to it?
10. How do the people of Beersheba regard the heavenly version of their city?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A common thread through Polo's tales of Khan's cities is "dreams and imagination." His stories are not only informative, but also extremely entertaining for the emperor thanks to the element of fantasy Polo employs.
1) Using specific examples from the book, explain how Marco Polo carries the theme of "dreams and imagination" in his stories.
2) How does this theme grab and hook Khan into Polo's tales?
Essay Topic 2
At first, Polo does not speak Khan's language and therefore uses symbols and gestures to communicate his stories. Later, he learns to speak a language Khan speaks and is able to give the emperor precise descriptions.
1) Analyze how Khan interprets Polo's stories when they are told through symbols and gestures. How much does he comprehend? What is left to his imagination? How does he fill in the blanks?
2) How do Khan's interpretations of the stories change once Polo learns to speak his language? Is any information lost, gained, or transformed? Explain.
3) Analyze the differences in Khan's interpretations when the stories are told through symbols and when they are told through clear spoken language. Which interpretation is closest to the truth Polo is trying to convey? Why?
Essay Topic 3
The two main characters question reality to the point where they are not sure if they are presently traveling and only dreaming of being in Khan's garden, or presently relaxing in the garden while dreaming of their travels. Which do you think is the case? Why? Support your conclusion with evidence from the book.
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