[PDF] Informational Passages RC - Marco Polo “Marco Polo”o Reading Comprehension – Informational Passages Directions: Read the passage. Then answer questions about the passage below. Marco Polo was born in 1254 in the Venetian Republic. The city of Venice, Italy was at the center of the Venetian Republic.[PDF] The Travels of Marco Polo - abcteach Marco Polo was an amazing scholar who was open-minded about cultures that were completely different from his own, from uncivilized mountain tribesman to the most exalted royalty of China.