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What do you think of the statement "Do I dare disturb the universe?"

There are several ways to think about the quote and its relationship to The Chocolate War. As you might remember, “Do I dare disturb the universe?” is written on a poster in Jerry’s locker. The...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 2:16 pm UTC

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Briefly, what are the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of The Chocolate War?

A story's exposition introduces readers to the main characters and setting. In this book, the main protagonist is Jerry. He is beginning his freshman year at Trinity, an all-boys high school. We...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 4:00 pm UTC

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Would you recommend this book to anyone? Why?

A number of positive qualities of the novel make The Chocolate War an easy book to recommend, generally speaking, but there are probably specific types of readers that we can discuss that may be...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 4:42 pm UTC

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Is personification and metaphor used in 'The Chocolate War'?

Both personification and metaphor are used in The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Personification and similes are types of metaphor. A metaphor directly compares an object to another object or...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 8:59 pm UTC

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The first sentence of this book is "They murdered him." In what ways does this small sentence apply to the book as a...

The quote acts as foreshadowing to the violence that is present in the book, and it alerts readers to some thematic concepts that the author, Robert Cormier, doesn't sugar coat his story telling....

Latest answer posted August 17, 2015 11:34 pm UTC

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Jerry places a poster in his locker that says,"Do I dare disturb the universe?" What does it mean?

The poster is, indeed, a neat bit of foreshadowing, and could be seen as a commentary on Jerry Renault's subconscious character. It was an interesting choice of poster for a boy whose mother has...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2009 1:38 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the novel and the film "The Chocolate War."

For the most part, the 1988 film directed by Keith Gordon is a faithful screen adaptation of Robert Cormier's book. Many of the characters are the same, and dialogue sequences in the movie are...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2019 2:40 pm UTC

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In The Chocolate War, how have Jerry and his father handled their grief? Is there any way Jerry and his father could...

In chapter nine, Cormier depicts how the death of Jerry's mother significantly impacted Jerry and his father's everyday lives and their relationship. Following the death of his mother, Jerry is...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2020 12:20 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the lights going off again as Archie and Obie sit in silence in The Chocolate War? The...

Symbolically, the lights going off signify the triumph of evil. The stadium is plunged into darkness twice; once when Jerry collapses in defeat, signalling the victory of evil over good, and again...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 6:22 am UTC

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In the novel The Chocolate War (chapter 5), why did Archie choose The Goober for an assignment?

Archie is interested in spreading evil throughout the school. He chooses The Goober for an assignment because he is untainted and good. Archie can't resist the chance to corrupt this goodness,...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2010 11:02 am UTC

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Why does Jerry compare himself to the Apostle Peter in "Chocolate War"? What makes Jerry think of this...

Jerry's comparison of himself to the Apostle Peter is an allusion to the Biblical account of when Peter, after asserting to Jesus that he will remain forever faithful to Him, denies him three...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2008 1:38 pm UTC

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In chapter 4 of The Chocolate War what does Archie realize or discover about Brother Leon?

In the fourth chapter of The Chocolate War, Archie is called in to Brother Leon's office. Brother Leon wants to meet Archie to talk over the upcoming cholocate sale, which is Leon's pet project and...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012 2:13 pm UTC

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In The Chocolate War Jerry sees a poster for "Disturbing the Universe".  What possible universes could you disturb,...

This question is a bit vague because of the word "you." It's possible that this question is asking about which specific universes Jerry can and does disturb during the novel; however, it's also...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2018 2:29 am UTC

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How does Brother Leon pick on Bailey in The Chocolate War?

Under the guise of teaching the class a lesson in "political connivance", Brother Leon calls Bailey, "one of the weak kids, high honor student, but shy, introverted, always reading, his eyes...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2009 2:41 pm UTC

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What does it mean to fight the system and why is it important not to go along all the time?

The phrase "fight the system" means to try to go against the way things are normally done in some institution, like a school or a workplace (or even a whole society). So, in this case, Jerry is...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2010 6:39 am UTC

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What is the point of view from which the story "The Chocolate War" is told?  

This story is written in 3rd person limited point of view. The narrator is not a single character, but some speaker outside the story that is telling the audience what is happening. It is...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2008 8:46 am UTC

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In chapter 36 of The Chocolate War, why do Obie and Carter make Archie choose a marble from the black box?

The black box has the potential to turn Archie's genius against him. The purpose of the black box is to keep Archie from creating an assignment that is too cruel or extreme. Every time Archie...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 4:52 pm UTC

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In Chapters 1-8 of The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, what is Goober's Vigil assignment?

Goober's assignment is to loosen all the screws in Brother Eugene's room. In Chapter 5, Goober is called before the Vigils to receive his assignment. He is instructed to sneak into the school...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2009 2:00 am UTC

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In The Chocolate War, who was the treasurer of the chocolate sale, and how did he get the job?  

Brian Cochran is the treasurer of the chocolate sale. He is good with numbers and can be trusted to fall in line with Brother Leon's wishes. A senior, not "exactly a hotshot in the psychology...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012 3:42 pm UTC

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Who is Brother Leon in The Chocolate War?

Brother Leon is the vice-principal of Trinity High School, an all-boys Catholic school. He is currently acting as the headmaster of the school and is eager to make his mark at the school in the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018 12:06 am UTC

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What did the kid on the bus say to Jerry in The Chocolate War?

Recognizing Jerry as the student who is standing up to Brother Leon by refusing to sell chocolates, the kid on the bus tells him that he's "got guts". He says that he too is "sick of selling the...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2009 9:27 am UTC

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What is a possible theme for The Chocolate War?

The Chocolate Waris a rather tightly focused novel with a set of themes that are closely related and interwoven. However, we might reduce the themes down to one potent idea - the cost of...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012 2:50 pm UTC

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In The Chocolate War, why does Goober pull back and not help Jerry during his ordeal with the Vigils?

Roland Goubert (the Goober) is afraid of the Vigils, like many of the kids in the school. He realizes when his chocolates sales are falsely reported what is going on, and he runs to his locker in...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2007 1:20 am UTC

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Why does Robert Cormier describe the conflict as The Chocolate War?

This question is asking how the title of the novel, The Chocolate War, relates to the action in the book; a good question but one without a single answer. The action of the novel centers on a...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012 3:01 pm UTC

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In chapter 14 of The Chocolate War what does Brian Cochran discover about Brother Leon and the chocolates?

Chapter 14 of The Chocolate War is one of the longest chapters in the book, exploring the ways several students relate to the chocolate sale. Brian Cochran is a the unique position as the sale...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012 3:22 pm UTC

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How does Jerry, as the main character, change from the beginning of the book to the end? What causes this change?

Jerry seems to be a traditional hero from the beginning of the novel. After being insulted by the coach on the football field, Jerry is determined to prove him wrong and make the team. The...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2009 6:49 pm UTC

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What does the title The Chocolate War mean?

The fight that that Jerry Renault has with the underground gang The Vigils is over the annual chocolate sale run by Trinity High School. The evil temporary headmaster, Brother Leon, has made an...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2009 12:48 pm UTC

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How does the theme of disturbing the universe relate to power in The Chocolate War?

There is a distinct sense of order regarding the school, the Vigils, and the chocolate sale. This order is created by history but it is perpetuated and enforced by those in power, those who are...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2012 4:15 pm UTC

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What is the significance of Trinity High School being an all boys school? Why do you think there is a lack of female...

There are several reasons Trinity must be an all-boys' school for the plot of The Chocolate War to work. A few of them are historical -- at the time of Cormier's writing, there were co-ed Catholic...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2009 9:38 am UTC

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How do I complete a mind map on The Chocolate War, with the novel information, plot summary, elements, rising action,...

I would suggest that you start with a description of Jerry. He is the central figure of this book and arguably the most interesting character too. Describing his persona and his conflicts will give...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012 8:00 pm UTC

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In The Chocolate War what is the impact of guilt on Goober?

It is clear that after carrying out his assignment, the carefree, easy-going Goober is a figure of the past. Note how concerned he is about his friend Jerry defying the school and also the Vigils....

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011 7:33 pm UTC

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In Chapter 3 of The Chocolate War, what word were writen on the side of the bus? What might the words mean to Jerry?

In Chapter 3 of The Chocolate War, the word "Why?" had been scrawled in "a blank space no advertiser had rented" on the side of the bus. Beneath that word, someone "had slashed in answer" the words...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2010 11:55 am UTC

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In chapter 36 of The Chocolate War what are the raffle tickets used for?

The climax of The Chocolate Waris a fight between Jerry and Emile Janza, staged at the school football field. Archie comes up with a plan to sell raffle tickets for this event which will be used to...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2012 3:33 pm UTC

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In The Chocolate War, do you agree or disagree with Jerry's final advice to Goober regarding playing football? Why?

The answer to this question will depend entirely on your opinion and what you feel is the book's true message. After going through a severe ordeal, being ridiculed, harassed, isolated, and finally...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2013 2:35 pm UTC

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Did Jerry get his assignment from the Vigils before the Goober did in Chocolate Wars? What chapter did Jerry get his...

Goober gets his assignment from the Vigils before Jerry does. In Chapter 5, the Goober is called before the Vigils. It is at that time that he is given the assignment to loosen the screws on all...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2010 8:57 am UTC

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How are Jerry and Archie compared and contrasted in "The Chocolate War"?

Jerry and Archie are similar in The Chocolate War because both are individuals who believe in the poster's "Do I Dare Disturb the universe?"Archie gets Jerry to refuse selling chocolates at first...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2009 9:58 pm UTC

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What does the boy on the bus ask Jerry

On the bus, Jerry is congratulated by several students at the school for having the courage to stand up to Brother Leon by refusing to sell the chocolates. Jerry enjoys the admiration, but has...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2013 4:02 pm UTC

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Why is Jerry so troubled? In chapter 18 "The Chocolate War"

Jerry is troubled because he fears the consequences of his rebellion against Brother Leon; additionally, he is both tormented by the oppressive atmosphere of the school culture and by his inability...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2015 5:25 pm UTC

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Why does Brother Leon tell Archie that he (Leon) will soon become Acting Headmaster in "Chocolate War"?

Brother Leon will soon become Acting Headmaster because "the Head is ill, perhaps seriously so...he's schduled to enter the hospital...the outlook isn't good". Brother Leon tells Archie...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2008 5:42 am UTC

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How is belonging in relation to society and the individual shown in Cormier's The Chocolate War?

Jerry keeps a poster in his locker with a quote from the T.S. Eliot poem, "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock". The poster reads: "Do I dare disturb the universe?" The question in the original...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013 1:27 pm UTC

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In chapter 19 of The Chocolate War what new information does Brother Leon's roll call for the chocolate sales reveal...

In chapter 19 of The Chocolate War Jerry is no longer beholden to the assignment from the Vigils. The secret group had ordered Jerry to refuse to sell the chocolates for a set period of time. When...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2012 4:20 pm UTC

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In chapter 27 of The Chocolate War Archie is humiliated by Carter. How does he do this?

Archie likes to believe that he is in command of the Vigils in The Chocolate War. Carter is the group's president, but Archie thinks of him as as figurehead with no real authority. Carter is...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2012 1:57 pm UTC

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In the book The Chocolate War, what do other people think of Archie Costello and what does he look like? I just want...

Archie's introduced in Chapter 2 as the cynic who is convinced that people are weak and self-centered. He enjoys manipulating people every chance he gets. He comes up with assignments to show how...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2007 6:17 am UTC

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Why does Goober empathize with Jerry in The Chocolate War?

Jerry and Goober are alike in a number of significant ways. The similarities the two share help to bring them together, creating a mutual sympathy between them. Both boys are "outsiders". They...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2012 4:21 pm UTC

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In The Chocolate War why did Brother Leon allow the fight between Emile and Jerry happen, and to continue after the...

There are a number of possible answers to this question, but I think that the two most believable ones are "spite" and "revenge". Brother Leon, the assistant headmaster only filling in while the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2009 5:17 am UTC

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How is the setting in The Chocolate War significant to the story or characters? Support with details from the book.

The setting of The Chocolate War is characterized by both place and time. The Vietnam War provides a temporal (time-oriented) backdrop for the novel and an all boys public school, Trinity, provides...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012 2:39 pm UTC

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How does the concept of power relate to the book The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier? I'm doing a new topic in...

Power plays a highly significant thematic role in The Chocolate War. At one point Archie pithily articulates the broad categories which the characters of the novel fall into: "The world was made...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012 2:24 pm UTC

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What is Archie doing with Emile Janza?

I'm not entirely sure what portion of the novel you are inquiring about as Archie and Emile appear throughout the story. However, Archie and Emile represent the brains and the brawn, respectively,...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 11:48 am UTC

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What is the real reason the kids sell chocolate in The Chocolate War?

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is a book about a boys' high school. Each year, the boys are encouraged to sell chocolates as a school fundraiser. One year, freshman Jerry Renault refuses to...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2020 6:44 pm UTC

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Why is Jerry on the athletic field at the opening of the story Chocolate War?

Jerry is on the athletic field at the opening of the story because he is trying to make the football team at Trinity School. Physically small and not particularly gifted in the sport, Jerry is...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2009 2:14 pm UTC

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