IT IS THE summer of 1938 when young Paul Moreaux discovers he can "fade." First bewildered, then thrilled with the power of invisibility, Paul experiments. But his "gift" soon shows him shocking secrets and drives him toward a chilling act. "Imagine what might happen if Holden Caufield stepped into H. G. Wells'The Invisible Man, and you'll have an idea how goodFadeis. . . . I was absolutely riveted."Stephen King
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The photograph below, also in a "sepia shade and tone," depicts a family portrait taken during a similar time period. Use this photograph to help visualize this opening scene. Why would a photograph like this seem mysterious to the narrator, especially considering his family's reaction to it over the years? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following best describes the family's opposing views on Uncle Adelard?
The author of this novel, Robert Cormier, grew up in a similar setting to Monument, Massachusetts. Visit the link below to read a bit about Cormier's life. Since he considers this novel to be his most autobiographical, what details about his life may help you better understand the narrator? (This annotation contains a link)
The term "Pepere" is an informal French word meaning "grandfather." What does the use of the term indicate about Paul's family? As you read, continue to pay close attention to how the author's word choice adds meaning to this work.
Based on inferences that can be drawn from the text, which of the following best describes how Paul feels about Adelard's absence from the family photo?
Rosanna's sensuality strikes Paul with unexpected intensity. Although his attraction to Rosanna is based on different details than those which intrigue him about Adelard, how do both of these characters represent freedom and adulthood to the adolescent Paul?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Why does Paul feel that he is different from both his family and his friends?
Whenever Paul mentions his aunt Rosanna, the author uses imagery and figurative language to express the depth of Paul's admiration for her. Here, the author uses a metaphor: Rosanna's face is a "beacon... a glowing light." What is the effect of this metaphor? As you continue reading, look for other examples of imagery and figurative language and consider why the author chooses to use those particular words.
The author often includes details, such as this one about the soup can telephone, that help establish the novel's setting. Based on what you've read so far, how do the 1930's differ from modern day? When you read a novel such as this one, consider why the author might have chosen a particular setting and how he or she develops it with careful details. (This annotation contains an image)
What other detail from the text best indicates that Paul has "longed for adventure"?
Historically, the Ku Klux Klan is usually considered to be a group that intends to intimidate and oppress African-Americans in the southern states. However, as shown here, the Klan of the 1920s and 1930s also protested other religious and political ideologies. While Paul's family are not African-American, they are Catholic, which the Klan actively protested in even northern states such as Massachusetts. How does the image below compare with Paul's impression of the Klan when he sees them in his hometown? (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the author's word choice in this passage, how does Pete feel about the events that are occurring?
Paul attributes his narrow escape to the guard's drunkenness. However, notice that Pete also couldn't see Paul and even asked where he was. This passage, in which the author gives clues about a future event or discovery, is an example of foreshadowing. Remember this when you learn more about Paul's invisibility later in the novel.
Consider how this event must affect Paul, who is still a young adolescent when he is attacked. Like his encounter with his aunt Rosanna, this incident matures him. This idea is part of a common theme, or author's message, which is often called "coming of age" by literary critics. To understand more about themes in general and this theme in particular, watch the video below. As you continue reading, keep looking for details that develop this theme. (This annotation contains a video)
After watching the video, what evidence do you see thus far in the novel of the theme of coming of age?
Paul has spoken before about the contradictory feelings he has for Rosanna. The "terrible and wonderful thoughts" make up a paradox. See the graphic below for other examples of literary paradoxes. How does the author's use of a paradox here help illustrate Paul's internal conflict? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following can most likely be inferred from Paul's parents' conversation?
Based on this passage, what can you most accurately infer about Rosanna?
Compare the author's ugly description of the neighborhood bully, Omer LaBatt, with the flowery word choice that was just used to describe Rosanna. As you continue reading, consider how diction not only helps readers visualize scenes and characters, but how it also shows the narrator's feelings about both.
How does Paul's sudden boldness with Omer LaBatt relate to the "coming of age" theme that was introduced earlier? Using textual evidence, explain how this event helps further develop the theme.
A character like Omer LaBatt is a good example of an archetype, or a character who shows up in multiple stories and seems to follow the same pattern or fit the same universal description in all of them. Like Butch from The Little Rascals, shown below, or like Nelson from The Simpsons, what do you often know to be true about the "bully" character in a story? (This annotation contains an image)
Now that you know that Paul again become invisible, look back at the scene for details which support this idea. How do the actions of Mrs. Dolbier and Omer support Paul's argument that he "faded" in this scene?
Which of the following best explains how Rosanna is acting in the previous passage?
Use the Define feature for the word "furtive" in this passage. Then, answer the question that follows.
This reference to a Boris Karloff movie is an example of a literary allusion. Another example is shown below. Based on the context in which this allusion is introduced, what do you think a Boris Karloff movie is probably like? Use a search engine to check to see if your understanding is accurate. (This annotation contains an image)
How does the narrator differ from his brother Armand?
When you read a novel like this one, pay close attention to indirect characterization such as this detail of Paul taking Bernard's paper route without expecting payment. Although the author doesn't tell the reader directly, the reader can infer what sort of person Paul is based on his actions. For more about both indirect and direct characterization and how each contributes to character development, watch the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
How does the simile in this passage affect the reader's understanding of Paul's emotions?
Rosanna's frank confession shocks Paul partly due to the word she uses. Paul is used to hearing people describe pregnancy using euphemisms, or an indirect description. For more about why people might use euphemisms in situations such as this, watch the video below. How does the author's decision to include these euphemisms in the text help the reader understand Rosanna a little better? (This annotation contains a video)
Figurative language, such as this example of a simile, can be powerful when it comes to helping a reader understand a character's depth. In this passage, what does this simile indicate about Rosanna's feelings toward her baby? How does this detail change your perception of Rosanna as a person? For more about how to recognize figurative language and, more importantly, how to interpret the layers of meaning it can add to a text, watch the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on evidence in the text, which of the following is most likely to be the reason why Rosanna has not identified the baby's father before now?
Although Paul berates himself for what he feels is Toubert-like behavior, he also feels intense guilt about viewing Rosanna with lust. Is Toubert likely to feel the same guilt? How does Paul's shame further develop his character?
How will Adelard's return affect the plot's rising action and Paul's character development? Use textual evidence to support your predictions.
Another theme is emerging at this stage in the novel: the burden of hidden secrets. Paul wonders here if his brother Armand has a secret like Paul's. What other secrets has Paul learned about recently? As you continue to read, look for details about secrets and the burdens they put on the people who learn of them. Use these details to help you analyze how this theme develops throughout the novel.
The reader learns here that Adelard, although he distances himself from many members of the family, has consistently displayed an interest in Paul. What might this detail foreshadow about the relationship between Paul and his uncle?
At this point in the novel, how does Paul feel about Adelard's secrets?
Which of the following details does not help the reader picture Aunt Rosanna's childlike characteristics?
To fully describe the comb factory where Paul's father works, the author uses a great deal of imagery, or sensory language. For a full definition, see the image below. What specific sensory details does the author use in this passage, and how do they enhance the reader's understanding? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following can most accurately be inferred from the dialogue between Paul and Rubberman?
How does Paul's experience at the factory simultaneously help him understand his father better and be more confused by him?
Rain is frequently used symbolically in literary works. While it sets a somewhat gloomy tone, it also often signifies a new beginning. For example, in The Lion King, after the hero Simba fights an epic battle with the villainous Scar, rain begins falling, as shown below. As you read this chapter, think about the symbolic nature of rain. What new beginnings will affect Paul? (This annotation contains a video)
What does this detail most likely indicate?
This passage contains an example of dramatic irony, or a time when the reader knows something that a character doesn't. In this case, Paul and the reader both know what Adelard doesn't, but Paul is hesitant to admit the truth even to himself. What is it that both the reader and Paul should "already know"?
What does this detail foreshadow about the ability to "fade," or disappear at will?
Labor strikes such as this one were common during the early twentieth century. Paul's father reluctantly agrees to participate in a picket line such as the one seen below. How does this external conflict affect the characters in the novel? (This annotation contains an image)
What is the greatest source of conflict between Armand and Paul's father?
Which of the following words is not used by the author to create a mood of dread in the highlighted passage?
How do Paul's feelings about "the fade" compare with Adelard's?
Now that Adelard has taught Paul how to control the fade, contrast his experience using it purposefully with the earlier experiences when it is used in self-defense. Paul feels emboldened by his newfound ability, but he is unsure of how to use it. As you continue reading this passage, consider how Paul's hesitation relates to the developing themes of coming of age and harboring terrible secrets.
How does the terrible thing Paul has witnessed relate to his question here? Explain what Paul is discovering about the nature of secrets.
It is lucky for Paul that he has found a mentor in his uncle. How would his experience be different if he had no one to talk with about it?
What do you think: did Adelard choose Paul? Why or why not?
Here is another example of a paradox: the power of invisibility doesn't actually seem to provide Paul with a sense of power after all. Would this be the case with a different sort of person, however? For example, how would a character like Omer LaBatt treat this talent? The fact that this ability creates a paradox for Paul helps the reader further understand his character development.
Why does Paul feel relieved when he speaks to the priest?
Think again of the coming of age theme that is often seen in novels with young narrators. How does Sister Angela's statement, "You will never be this pure again," relate to the theme? How else have you seen this theme develop since it first emerged? For more about tracking themes as they continue to develop, watch the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
How has "the fade" created distance between Paul and the people he loves? How does this emotional distance relate to the developing theme about the burdens of secrets?
Which of the following best describes how Paul and Jules feel about their new school?
As Paul hears more about his special ability, he also learns more about its challenges. This part of the plot, known as the rising action, is when the reader can watch both internal and external conflicts develop. Although Paul now knows the truth about his ability, his inner conflict is still growing as he grapples with all the implications of it. For more about rising action and plot development in general, watch the video below. As you continue reading, look for additional details that develop the conflicts in the novel. (This annotation contains a video)
This bit of foreshadowing adds to the reader's sense of growing tension. Adelard instructs Paul to "use the fade in a good way." Why? What might the consequences be if someone used this ability in a way that was not "good"?
What does this blue bandanna most likely symbolize?
What does the author's word choice in the passage indicate about Paul's frame of mind?
The photograph below can help you better visualize this particular allusion. How is Emerson Winslow different from Paul's friends from Frenchtown? (This annotation contains an image)
The home pictured below is also "a white turreted house" much like the Winslows'. As you continue reading Paul's description of the home, compare it with his own description of his crowded "triple-decker" apartment building. What about this home is tempting to Paul? (This annotation contains an image)
Based on what you can infer from the text, which of the following adjectives best describes Paul's feelings about the Winslow twins and their home?
As you read this passage, listen to the Bunny Berigan recording that Paul hears for the first time in Emerson's room. Then answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
Compare your impressions of the Bunny Berigan recording with Paul's. Why do you think the lyrics and music affect him so strongly?
How does structure impact meaning in this passage?
The description of "the cold of the fade" that Paul decides to ignore creates an ominous mood for the reader. The author uses the imagery in this passage to create foreshadowing. What other details in the next several pages indicate that the decision to return to the Winslow home could be disastrous for him?
Why does the Shirley Temple doll make Paul smile?
This passage can be difficult to read because it deals with such a mature topic. However, consider how its inclusion develops the complexity of the main character. Paul enjoys Page's childishness: her physical delicacy, the Shirley Temple doll, sticking out her tongue. When he discovers that Page is not as innocent as she appears, just as he has previously discovered about other people in his life, how will this affect his view of the world?
Which of the following best describes how Paul feels about his secret visit to the Winslow home?
Why does Paul attack Omer LaBatt?
Even though some might view Paul's attack on Omer as something admirable, Paul doesn't feel this way about himself. Consider the question that he asks himself in this passage. How does it indicate that Paul's internal conflict about the fade is stronger than ever?
How does the author's use of imagery in this passage reflect Paul's evolving view of the world in which he lives?
The illustration below can help you visualize this allusion to Paul Revere. What similarities does Paul feel that he shares with this historical figure? (This annotation contains an image)
The phrase "gargantuan thirst" is an idiom indicating Mr. Lagniard is a heavy drinker. Since idioms are phrases that people use conversationally although they don't literally make sense, they can help authors achieve authenticity in their characters. For more examples of idioms, see the infographic below. What other examples can you think of? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is not a reason that Paul feels Rudolphe Toubert is a terrible man?
Which of the following best describes why Paul's father talks to Armand about the scabs?
Paul's stress at home is affecting his school performance. Earlier, we saw that his anxiety and depression over the terrible things he learned while fading kept him from writing. What do these details help us understand about Paul's complexity?
What does the author's use of hyperbole in this passage indicate?
Paul contrasts the battle with the Klansmen with this impending battle between scabs and factory workers. How do Paul's observations about these contrasts reflect his own broadening view of the world since he's been able to fade?
Strikebreakers, or "scabs," are shown fighting with unionized factory workers below. Compare the fight scene Paul describes with this image. (This annotation contains an image)
How does the author's use of the word "maliciously" in this passage affect the mood of this scene?
Paul picks up a long knife, but he does not explain what he does with it. Since the story is told from his point of view, the reader doesn't see anything that Paul chooses not to describe. However, based on textual evidence, what can a careful reader infer that Paul does with the knife?
What most likely "happened in Rudolphe Toubert's office"?
Even when his family is celebrating over his father's recovery, Paul feels lonely and distant from them because of the terrible burden of what he has done to Rudolphe Toubert. His brother's unexpected death adds to this burdened sense of loneliness. Based on your understanding of Paul as a character, why is he likely to blame himself for Bernard's sudden death in his sleep?
Fade, Quiz One
The point of view has changed drastically in this second section of the novel. Watch the video below to remind yourself of the different narrative techniques an author can use, then answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is not true about the point of view in this section of the novel?
Which of the following is not something new that we learn about Paul based on the narrator's point of view?
What detail is revealed in Paul's letter?
To understand this discussion between Meredith and Susan, the reader should know the difference between a novel, an autobiography, and an autobiographical novel. A novel is considered a strictly fictional account while an autobiography is considered nonfiction. As illustrated in the comic below, the lines can sometimes be blurred. As you continue reading, consider why it's important to Susan and Meredith to discover the true genre of Paul's secret work. (This annotation contains an image)
This section of the novel begins to feel something like a mystery. Which of the following details does not contribute to this feeling?
The manuscript that Susan and Meredith are debating is one that you have actually read: Paul's story of the time period in which he learned about the ability to fade. Based on your own reading of Paul's story, which portions of it do you think Susan and Meredith will have the greatest trouble believing?
As you read Susan's grandfather's report, consider yet another narrative point of view: that of a methodical, logical detective. After reading his report, answer the question that follows.
Based on the clip, compare the Invisible Man's feelings about power and invisibility with Paul's experiences and his Uncle Adelard's warnings. Use textual evidence as well as evidence from the clip in your response.
The clip below is from the movie that Detective Jules Roget mentions as a possible influence on Paul. Watch the clip and then answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
Who once told Paul to always avoid having his picture taken?
What metaphor does Jules use in this paragraph to describe Paul?
Why does the detective include this story about the cigarettes in his letter about Paul?
Why does the detective include the detail that Toubert held annual Christmas parties?
A red herring, as illustrated below, is a technique that is used in a mystery to create a distraction from the real solution. How have movies or television shows you've watched included examples of red herrings? According to the detective, what is the red herring in this situation? (This annotation contains an image)
This detail, which the detective uses as part of his proof that the fade is not real, ironically causes the reader to believe it more. How does the death of Bernard correspond with the death of Vincent? How might each death, in turn, be connected to Paul and Adelard?
How does Paul's description of Omer LaBatt compare with Roget's description of him?
Detective Roget, due to his unique experiences as both Paul's classmate and his cousin, feels that he is best able to debunk Paul's story. Yet, in his description of the Winslows, does anything he describes as true actually prove that Paul's story was untrue? Compare his description of the twins with Paul's earlier description.
The mention of nieces and nephews in Roget's report is significant for the reader. As Uncle Adelard explained it to Paul, the fade would be passed down to a future generation, and Paul should be able to recognize it. What new mystery emerges for the reader here?
What specific details does Detective Jules Roget use to explain his opinion that Paul's story is fictional, not autobiographical? As you recount the points of Roget's argument, which do you find to be most effective, and why?
Compare the description of these photos with the one that so fascinated Paul about Uncle Adelard many years before. What could newer technology, such as a high-speed lens, detect that wouldn't have been detected in Adelard's youth? What other challenges might modern times pose to "the fade"?
Which of the following is most likely the reason why Susan finds it difficult to sleep?
Fade, Quiz Two
Paul talks a great deal about how much Monument has changed. What are some of the specific details he notes about Frenchtown's evolution since the 1930s?
How have Paul's feelings about Rosanna evolved over the last thirty years or so?
Families who "keep Kosher" as part of their practice of Judaism do not eat pork. Although they are devout Catholics, Paul's parents change their own customs in order for Rose's new husband to feel welcome. Why does Paul kiss his mother when he smells turkey on Easter? What does this gesture indicate about her as a person?
Based on previous details within the text, which of the following is most likely the reason why Paul observes the children carefully?
Before reading further, take a moment to try to solve this mystery yourself. Paul has already introduced all of his nieces and nephews to the reader. He has many, and he is certain that none of them can fade. Yet, he is also certain that a fader exists somewhere. How can this be? As the mystery is revealed to you, think about the implications of a fader whose existence is unknown even to his family.
Rose is referring to situational irony, which is defined as when the opposite of what is expected actually occurs. For more about situational irony, especially in literature, watch the video below. As you continue to read, consider why Rose calls her desire to have children ironic. (This annotation contains a video)
What emotion is Paul most likely feeling at this point in time?
The theme of hidden, burdening secrets is reiterated in this section of the novel. How does Rose's long-held secret burden Paul in a way that she doesn't even realize? How is this a case of dramatic irony, or an example of something the reader realizes but a character doesn't?
Why is Paul most likely trying to find out additional information about Rose's baby?
In this part of the novel, Paul explains that the fade has become uncontrollable. How does this new detail contribute to the idea that the fade is a terrible burden for Paul?
According to Paul, why does he isolate himself?
How do Paul's and Adelard's experiences with fading compare? Use specific evidence from the text to explore both characters.
This technique, in which the author interrupts the current story in order to revisit an event from the past, is an example of a flashback. Authors often play with the chronology of time when structuring a story. How does this flashback create an effect that would not exist if the story had simply been told chronologically?
Why does Paul vow that he will "bring home a diploma to hang on the wall in the parlor"?
The allusion in this passage is to Sidney Carton, a character created by Charles Dickens and shown below. Carton gives up his own life for someone else to live. Yet even though he does something noble, Carton is often seen by others in the novel as deeply flawed: an alcoholic who has wasted his life and potential. Is Paul noble and misunderstood like Carton, is he as despicable as he believes he is, or is he somewhere in between? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following best describes the structure of this section of the novel?
Do you agree with Paul that he cannot confide in Adelard? How would Adelard most likely react to Paul's confession? Use textual evidence to support your analysis of Adelard's character.
Which words in this passage best contribute to the melancholy tone the author uses to describe Bernard's funeral?
As Paul rediscovers his tin can telephone, he contemplates how much he has changed since he and Pete rigged up this contraption. How does this passage relate to the "coming of age" theme?
Which of the following best describes how Paul views the note from Bernard?
Paul says that when he finds the next fader, he will do "what my Uncle Adelard had never been able to do for me." The reader should remember, however, that Adelard did actually instruct and warn Paul about the fade. Before reading the next section of the novel, consider what you think Paul believes Adelard should have done better. How will this belief influence Paul's actions in the next section of the novel?
Based on textual evidence, who is Ozzie?
The next generation's fader has grown up very differently from Paul and Adelard, who both had loving families to help them indirectly deal with the pressures of the fade. How might Ozzie's terrible childhood affect him when he learns about his ability to fade?
"Mea culpa" is a Latin phrase that translates to "through my own fault." Why might Sister Anunciata feel at least somewhat responsible for Ozzie's miserable childhood?
How does Ozzie feel about the woman who raised him?
Although words like "incredible" and "soul" in this passage highlight the idea that Ozzie is excited about the abilities which are coming to him, the reader feels dread instead of anticipation. How does the author use the description of Ozzie's anger and misery to create this sense of impending doom?
Ozzie has discovered that he can fade. Unlike Paul or Adelard, however, he has no mentor to help him discover this ability and explore its burdens. Given Ozzie's history of anger and violence, why is this lack of a mentor like Adelard especially troubling?
Why is Ozzie surprised that he is glad to see his own face?
Earlier, Ozzie killed the abusive man who acted as his stepfather after years of neglect and abuse, and he feels a sense of justice in doing so. This situation, however, is different. Instead of feeling satisfied with that deed of revenge, Ozzie's taste for violence seems even stronger in this scene. If he acts violently with Mr. Stanton, how does this indicate that he is crossing a dangerous threshold?
According to evidence within the text, what is Ozzie's intent?
What does the metaphor "eyes blazing like small fires" lead the reader to understand about Sister Anunicata?
What is the origin of this voice that Ozzie hears?
Like Paul when he first became a fader, Ozzie is a victim to intense temptation. Based on their similar situations but different reactions to them, Paul and Ozzie can be seen as character foils to one another. For more about recognizing foils, watch the video below. Then, consider just how similar - yet different - Paul and Ozzie are. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the voice seem to be encouraging most in Ozzie?
Why does Ozzie buy Pinder alcohol?
The allusion to Popeye is easier to understand if you look at the image below. Ozzie thinks Sister Anunciata looks funny, but he holds back his laughter so that he doesn't hurt her feelings. Given what you know about Ozzie, is his sensitivity here surprising? (This annotation contains an image)
Based on evidence in the text, who is most likely looking for Ozzie?
Once again, the point of view has shifted. Even though there is no heading to describe Paul's voice, how can the reader immediately tell that he is the narrator? As you continue reading, look for places where the narration shifts between Ozzie and Paul. How does the author use language to make it clear that their narrative voices are very different?
Why is the library most likely closed for renovations?
The feeling that someone has "raked a fingernail" across Paul's back is not a pleasant one. As he gets nearer and nearer to Ozzie, he feels even more certain that Ozzie is the fader, but also more certain that something terrible has happened. As you continue reading, consider how the author uses language to build tension leading to the meeting between Paul and Ozzie.
What is Paul conveying to Pinder about ghosts?
Which words in the highlighted passage do not help to create tension in this scene?
In this scene, the author uses another type of irony. For more about dramatic irony and how to recognize it in literature, watch the video below. Then, answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
How does this scene contain dramatic irony?
Use the define feature for the term "willies." How does the use of this idiom help Pinder seem more authentic to the reader?
Based on textual evidence, why is Pinder's face "ravaged" and "bruised"?
The author uses indirect characterization here to further describe Ozzie. If Ozzie doesn't really care for the old man but enjoys hitting him and teasing him, what does this indicate about Ozzie as a person? How does Ozzie resemble the man who raised him?
How does the metaphor of Ozzie as "music out of tune" affect the reader's understanding of this character?
This is not the first time Paul has made a statement like this. In many ways, "the fade" itself serves as Paul's antagonist, or the force working against him. Although initially seen by Paul as an exciting gift, in what ways does he feel it has cursed Adelard, Ozzie, and himself? What do you think is the intent of the author when describing how victimized all three of these characters feel by their special talent?
Based on textual evidence, why is Ozzie sad?
This is not the first time that Paul has mentioned his emotional distance from his friends and family ever since learning of the fade. How does this detail further develop his character as well as the theme of secrecy's burdens?
Which of the following best describes why Paul "did not require an answer" from the old man?
Paul recognizes Ozzie as his flesh and blood. Based on his description of his nephew in this passage, the reader can't help but remember when Uncle Adelard visited Paul to tell him about the fade in the previous generation. By comparing Paul's and Ozzie's childhoods, what message do you think the author is conveying to the reader about the importance of adults in the lives of impressionable children?
Based on the author's use of italics in Ozzie's dialogue, what does the absence of them most likely indicate in Ozzie's questions here?
Which of the following is the best definition of the idiom "in the winking of an eye"?
Unlike Paul's own previous arguments with himself inside his head, Ozzie's arguments with his conscience - a very different sort of conscience from Paul's - are actually taking place aloud. How does this detail help the reader feel the conflict more intensely?
The intensity of this fight scene ends with Ozzie's "sob of a child crying itself to sleep at night." Although Ozzie does terrible things, the reader is not meant to feel hatred for him. Instead, the reader is possibly filled with the same sense of regret Paul must have about how life has turned out for Ozzie. What other passages let you know that Ozzie, despite his terrible faults, is a sympathetic character?
Which details in this description of Ozzie's death make him seem less monstrous and more sympathetic as a character? Use specific details from the text to show this aspect of Ozzie's characterization.
Based on the way it's used in context, which of the following is most likely the best definition for the idiom "beyond the pale"?
Which of the following is most likely to be a reason why Meredith and Susan are desperate to believe that Paul's story isn't real?
Even now, in this final section of the novel, the author continues to develop the theme of keeping secrets. What final conclusions do you think the author wants the reader to draw about this idea by the end of the novel?
This final description of Paul in the novel brings his character development to a close. For more about character development, watch the video below. How does the author fully develop Paul into a round, dynamic character over the course of the novel? What other characters prove to be well-developed and complex? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following details from the article best support the idea that a fader caused the recent incidents?
Why do you think the author chooses to end this novel here, with the reader uncertain about what Susan will do with this new information? Using textual evidence to support your conclusions, explain what you think happens after the novel's conclusion.
Fade, Quiz 3