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The Chocolate War

Written by Robert CormierAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Robert Cormier


· Knopf Books for Young Readers
· Hardcover · March 12, 1974 · $16.95 · 978-0-394-82805-3 (0-394-82805-4)
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Readers Guide

1. .The first sentence of this book is "They murdered him." In what ways does this small sentence apply to the book as a whole? Who is murdered, metaphorically, in the book? By whom?

2. There are no main female characters in this book, partly because Trinity is a boys' school. Yet the Trinity boys often discuss girls. Jerry wishes he could talk to the girl near the bus stop. Janza watches girls as they walk by, and Archie won't let anyone touch him except certain girls. What function(s) do you think girls play in the novel? 3 Why do you think Archie is repulsed by human sweat? What do you think this says about Archie as a person? 4. Archie's greatest strength is in exploiting other people's weaknesses. Why do you think Archie does this? Why do you think he needs to manipulate every situation? 5. Discuss the significance of the title. Why is it a chocolate "war"? 6. Why do you think Jerry decides not to sell the chocolates even after his assignment is over? Have you ever dared to "disturb the universe"? What happened? 7. How do you feel about how Brother Leon treated Bailey? At the end of the class Brother Leon says that the students had allowed him to turn the class into Nazi Germany. Do you think this is a true statement?