If on a Winter's Night a Traveler Test | Mid-Book 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. Where does the man in the first story sit with his suitcase?

2. According to the bookseller, who wrote "Outside the Town of Malbork"?

3. With whom does the man in If On a Winter's Night a Traveler talk?

4. When the reader turns the page, what does he discover to make a defective book?

5. Which character in "Looks Down in the Gathering Shadow" mentions that another sack is needed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe "Looks Down in the Gathering Shadow."

2. What do the reader and Ludmilla agree upon in Chapter 4?

3. Why was "Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo" chastised?

4. Describe the structure of the book.

5. Describe the imagery used in "Outside the Town of Malbork."

6. Describe the narrator of "Leaning from the Steep Slope."

7. Why does Ludmilla read?

8. Who is Ermes Marana?

9. What is apparent about the organization the man works for in If On a Winter's Night a Traveler?

10. How is confusion a theme in the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the goals and motivations of each character in the novel? Analyze three different characters and their motivations, citing at least one example each.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author send a message about censorship to the reader? What do you think this message is? Which characters seem to side with the author? What does this tell you about these characters?

Essay Topic 3

How do you think Calvino views his readers? What makes you believe this is so? How does he compare to Flannery in this sense?

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