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Free Study Guide for The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

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1. Explain the meaning of the title The Chocolate War.

2. Compare John Carter, Emile Janza, Archie Costello and Brother Leon. What is the difference between a plotting villain and an animalistic villain?

3. What is the symbolic value of the black box?

4. What is the symbolic value of the chocolates?

5. Rewrite the boxing scene from the perspective of Brother Jacques. What does he think about Archie? About Brother Leon?

6. What do you think Brother Leon used the money for? Do you think the Head Master is really sick, or is that part of Leon’s plan as well?

7. Do you see a similarity between Leon’s association of the chocolate sale with school spirit and the association of war with patriotism?

8. How are the attitudes of 1970s Americans reflected in this novel?

9. Compare the narrator in T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” with Jerry and The Goober. How are they the same? What are their differences?

10. Analyze the character of Archie Costello. Is he all bad? Does he have any redeeming qualities?

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