If on a Winter's Night a Traveler Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the perspective from which the novel is narrated.

The novel is mainly written from a second person perspective, referring to the reader as "you." Portions of the novel are meant to be first chapters of several books, and they are written in the third person.

2. Describe the plot of the first book the reader has, titled <i>If On a Winter's Night a Traveler</i>.

In the first book the reader reads, a man is carrying a suitcase with unknown contents. He is to give the suitcase to a contact, but his train has arrived late. His contact ends up being the police chief.

3. How does Calvino bring interactivity to the book?

Calvino makes the book interactive for the reader by using diction to draw the reader in. The reader feels the book is personal because it is told from the second-person perspective.

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