The Travels of Marco Polo Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why was Marco Polo sent as an emissary of the Great Kahn throughout the empire?

Marco Polo was sent as emissary of the Great Kahn throughout his empire to investigate and report back his findings about people, customs, culture, climate, flora and fauna, game, birds and habitation.

2. Why were the Polos worried about the death of the grand khan in relation to returning home?

The Polos knew that if the aged grand khan died before they were able to return home, they might be deprived of of the public assistance they needed in order to reach their homes in safety.

3. Why did the Polos return to Arghun, kahn of the Levant, with a bride?

Queen Bulagan died and had to be replaced with someone from her lineage. She was banned from traveling by land, so she requested to travel by sea with the Polos.

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