A Million Lies
<ul><li>V ocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>grammar </li></ul>
Grammar <ul><li>… , because descriptions of life in a place as different as China  would have been  amazing to anyone in E...
<ul><li>…  before the Polos were supposed  to have arrived  in China. </li></ul><ul><li>… , it would have been almost impo...
Reading comprehension <ul><li>How did Marco Polo’s Travels impact on the world? </li></ul><ul><li>How many versions of Mar...
<ul><li>It was copied endlessly and translated into many languages. It became popular reading. At that time, a number of p...
<ul><li>What was the problem with Marco’s book? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did people not believe Marco’s stories? </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>It was almost all lies. </li></ul><ul><li>People thought life described in China would have been amazing to them. ...
<ul><li>In terms of Marco’s stories, what really disturbed historians? </li></ul>
<ul><li>What really disturbs most historians is what Marco left out. For example, in his book, he never mentioned the Grea...
<ul><li>How did people ensure whether Marco’s stories were believable?  </li></ul>
<ul><li>They compared what Marco said to Chinese historical records. For example, they found the names of the Polos were n...
<ul><li>What are the possible clues about the falsehood of Marco’s stories? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Marco’s stories might not be true because they could have come from Persian businessmen, to whom Marco probably ta...
Grammar <ul><li>… , but  what really disturbs most historians   is  what Marco Polo left out. </li></ul><ul><li>What we do...
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A Million Lies

  1. 1. A Million Lies
  2. 2. <ul><li>V ocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>grammar </li></ul>
  3. 3. Grammar <ul><li>… , because descriptions of life in a place as different as China would have been amazing to anyone in Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>Well, perhaps he could have made mistakes with his dates or counting, … </li></ul><ul><li>… , it would have been almost impossible for him to have overlooked the Great Wall of China, … </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>Third Conditional
  4. 4. <ul><li>… before the Polos were supposed to have arrived in China. </li></ul><ul><li>… , it would have been almost impossible for him to have overlooked the Great Wall of China, … </li></ul>The perfect infinitive
  5. 5. Reading comprehension <ul><li>How did Marco Polo’s Travels impact on the world? </li></ul><ul><li>How many versions of Marco’s book are there now? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>It was copied endlessly and translated into many languages. It became popular reading. At that time, a number of people were under his influence, such as explorers, philosophers and scholars, and map makers. </li></ul><ul><li>E ighty versions. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>What was the problem with Marco’s book? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did people not believe Marco’s stories? </li></ul><ul><li>What errors are particularly identified in Marco’s book? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>It was almost all lies. </li></ul><ul><li>People thought life described in China would have been amazing to them. </li></ul><ul><li>One obvious error was the siege of Xianyang while another one involved what he saw like the number of bridges in Hangzhou. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In terms of Marco’s stories, what really disturbed historians? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>What really disturbs most historians is what Marco left out. For example, in his book, he never mentioned the Great Wall of China, foot binding, the practice of drinking tea, and the art of Chinese calligraphy. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>How did people ensure whether Marco’s stories were believable? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>They compared what Marco said to Chinese historical records. For example, they found the names of the Polos were not mentioned in official records and documents like Annals of the Empire. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>What are the possible clues about the falsehood of Marco’s stories? </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Marco’s stories might not be true because they could have come from Persian businessmen, to whom Marco probably talked, and they happened to share common errors in spelling, history and geography with those of two other books. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Grammar <ul><li>… , but what really disturbs most historians is what Marco Polo left out. </li></ul><ul><li>What we do know is that Marco Polo’s family did have a trading business … </li></ul>Singular subject!!
  16. 16. The end!

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