Explain why Marco Polo compares paper money production to alchemy?

PART A: Twenty Vocabulary words. As you read the text above select 20 vocabulary words (minimum). You select the words new to you, or words used in a way new to you. List each word and then a definition that fits the usage of the word. Look up the definition in an academic dictionary (such as Oxford or Miriam Webster’s New Collegiate, but not Google.) Then write the definition IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Select as many vocabulary words as needed to fill up the requirement of 20.
PART B: Answer the following questions. Do NOT retype the questions. Answer each question in your own words. Do not just cut and paste answers from the reading.
Who was Marco Polo, when and where did he live?
Explain why Marco Polo compares paper money production to alchemy?
In your own words explain how paper money was produced in Kublai Kahn’s China.
What is the difference between between legal tender and tokens?
Where does money get its value?
Where does bullion get its value?
Where there ever times when people might not trust the money?
Why would governments outside of China accept Kublai’s money?
What crimes does Marco Polo mention in regard to money, and how were the guilty punished?
What is a Khan?
Who or what is “the Great Khan”?
Who were the Mongols spoken of in this reading? Where and when and how did they live?
What is a bezant?
What is meant by “mint” in this reading? Describe how it works.
What is a mulberry? What is it used for in this reading?
What are the Ming?
What is a baron?
What is chao?
What name did the Romans in ancient times give this part of the world?