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If on a winter's night a traveler

If on a winter's night a traveler


by Italo Calvino

If on a winter's night a traveler: Characters (For the Most Part) Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around If on a winter's night a traveler? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. Why doesn't Ludmilla want to accompany you to the publishing house?

She feels like knowing how books are made will ruin reading for her.
She's worried about running into Ermes Marana.
She needs to study for an upcoming test.
She's afraid of being alone with you.
Q. Why does Ermes Marana produce counterfeit books?

He believes that self-interest is the only moral good.
He believes that true knowledge can only come out of confusion and mystery.
He is a cynic and believes in nothing more than the cash in his pocket.
He is in love with Ludmilla's sister, Lotaria, and wants to impress her.
Q. Why does the book's final passage shift from calling Ludmilla the Other Reader to just Reader?

Because you've learned that you and Ludmilla are in fact the same character
Because Ludmilla has taken your place as the primary character
Because you and Ludmilla are now on equal terms as man and woman
Because an error at the publishing house has erased your character from the book
Q. How does Lotaria act as a foil to her sister Ludmilla?

Lotaria is much more interested in pleasing the men in her life.
Lotaria is black haired, while Ludmilla is blond.
Lotaria cares only about getting rich, while Ludmilla is happy to have what she needs.
While Ludmilla reads for pleasure, Lotaria reads to confirm what she already believes about the world.
Q. According to Arkadian Porphyrich, what is the ironic secret to government censorship and suppression of books?

Governments ban books simply for fun.
Governments can only function properly if they keep their citizens ignorant of certain things.
Governments actually allow banned books into the country, so they'll still have something to suppress.
Governments that ban books are ultimately far more democratic than governments that don't.