The Travels of Marco Polo Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 did choiach mean?

2. What was the name of the general who invaded Ziamba?

3. How many governments was Karaian divided into?

4. What were sold in Basman as pygmies?

5. What could be found in Mien?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Marco Polo detained in the kingdom of Samara for five months?

2. What was significant about the city of Yan-gui?

3. What happened during the rainy season in the kingdom of Murphilior Monsul?

4. Tell about the extraordinary bird called rukh.

5. Chapter 43 talks about the mountainous people outside of the province of Kardandan. Why did these people exchange gold for silver with merchants?

6. What could be found at the top of a mountain in Zeilan?

7. Describe the fishery near the city of Kain-du. What was found there, and who could use it?

8. What did the people on the island of Zipangu do with their dead? What did they place in the mouth of the dead?

9. Describe what took place at the city of Tin-gui-gui.

10. Describe the idols worshiped in Zipangu.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Incredible as the tales in the Travels of Marco Polo seem, they did inspire numerous people to travel East to find out about this exotic land for themselves. In this respect, Marco Polo launched a whole new age of exploration. Describe the effect the book had on Europeans and others, including the effect it specifically had on future explorers.

Essay Topic 2

Book 2, Chapter 16 details the grand khan's adventures with his falconers. Discuss reasons why the grand khan participated. Was this a useful sport or pure enjoyment? Cite examples from the text in your response and thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Book 3, Chapter 1 describes in great detail the kind of ships used for navigation in India prior to Marco Polo being there and ships used while Marco Polo was there. Analyze the construction of the ships as detailed in the text, and compare that construction to ship construction of today. Use examples from the book when referencing ships from Middle Ages.

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