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. Which word best describes the setting in "Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo"?

2. Which character is Irina most like?

3. According to the police chief, where should the man in If On a Winter's Night a Traveler leave right away?

4. in "Outside the Town of Malbork," why will nothing be the same for the main character?

5. Which sense does cutting apart pages with a paper knife occupy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe "Outside the Town of Malbork."

2. In Chapter 4, what type of book does Ludmilla state she enjoys and why is this significant?

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

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

5. Describe the reader's comments on the difference between reading and hearing somebody read aloud.

6. Describe Cimmeria.

7. Describe the reader's interaction with the "other reader."

8. How is confusion a theme in the novel?

9. Describe the structure of the book.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Marana and Flannery. How are these two characters similar and different? How do they have different but similar goals? How are both reflections of the author, Calvino?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Irnerio. What is his role in the novel? At what point does he threaten to stand in the way of the reader's mission? Cite two pieces of evidence from the novel.

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