Essay Topic 1
Nicolo and Maffeo Polo were respectable merchants of Venice. They set sail in the year 1250 for Constantinople and arrived there in safety. Discuss the underlying goals the brothers had in wanting to go to Constantinople. Use examples from the text to support your response and thesis. Use Book 1, Chapter 1 as a reference.
Essay Topic 2
Zorzania was ruled in part by Tartars and in part by native princes. Why were native princes in control of part of the province, and why would rule by different rulers in the same area be a problem? Use examples from the text to support your response and thesis.
Essay Topic 3
Tauris was a large and noble city belonging to the province of Irak (Iraq), which contained many other cities and fortified places, but this was the largest and most important city. Tell how the inhabitants supported themselves, where...
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