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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. As the two men sit smoking their pipes, does Khan actually confront Polo?
2. Who are the Penates and the Lares?
3. If someone wants to see the blueprint for the city of Thekla, what will he be told?
4. What does the hidden side of Moriana look like?
5. What is Octavia known as?
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. How do the cities described by Polo in Chapter 8 depict confusion?
3. Describe the two sides of the city of Moriana.
4. When Polo sees familiar faces in the city of Adelma, what does he start to wonder?
5. Describe Esmeralda, the city of water.
6. What eventually happens to travelers who decide to stay in Phyllis to discover all of its secrets?
7. As Khan visualizes the growth of his empire, what are some of the concerns he has?
8. What are the theories regarding why the inhabitants of Baucis live up in the clouds and rarely climb down to the ground?
9. In what significant way is Argia different from all other cities Polo describes?
10. When people get lost in Eudoxia, what do they look at to find their bearings?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In some of Polo's stories, he dissects cities in order to show Khan the bigger picture or the whole story. How does he dissect the cities of Olivia, Sophronia, Eutropia, and Zemrude in Chapter 4? Cite specific examples. How does dissecting these cities serve to paint the big picture so that the emperor can see these cities in their entirety? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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