Fallout Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the stylistic elements of Fallout. How is the novel divided into sections? What effect does the style have on the reader?

The entire novel is written in verse without chapter breaks or other traditional divisions of a modern novel. This different style of writing gives the reader a sense of tension that is fitting with the plot. The narrators, Hunter, Autumn, and Summer, are all children of a crank addict. In fact, they all share the same mother.

2. How is Hunter's character introduced in the novel? What is his family setting like? How does Hunter feel about his parents?

Hunter was adopted by his maternal grandparents and given a fairly normal and secure upbringing. However, Hunter is haunted by the idea that his biological father raped his mother, resulting in his birth. This leads Hunter to the belief that he is not a good person because of his father's actions.

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