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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: Symbols Quiz

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Q. What object symbolizes Silas Flannery's male gaze and feeds his desire to write an ideal book?

His bathroom mirror
His spyglass
His silver cane
His grandfather's pocket watch
Q. According to the boy scouts, what supernatural agent is sending messages through Silas Flannery's writings?

Ghosts of dead writers
The "Spirit of the Age"
Q. What do trains primarily symbolize in this book?

The triumph of modern technology
Stories that are supposed to move along a clear path
A sense of community
Q. What does Lotaria's story-analyzing machine primarily symbolize?

A more efficient way of reading stories
That a story is just a system of moving parts, like a car
That Irnerio was right to stop reading
The destruction of proper reading pleasure
Q. What is symbolized by Ermes Marana's account of the Father of Stories?

The translator's delight in making stuff up
The total nonsense behind storytelling
The fantasy of a true origin for all stories
The meaninglessness of life