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by Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War study guide contains a biography of Robert Cormier, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

The Chocolate War is a story told laconically, in very short scenes and chapters, with brief dialogues and few descriptive passages. We first encounter the main character, Jerry, in the midst of football practice at the all-boys Catholic Trinity High School in the fictional town of Monument, Massachusetts. Jerry wants very much to make the team, perhaps partially because he has recently lost his mother to cancer. Archie, the "Assigner" and brains of a secret organization called The Vigils, watches from the stands. Obie, the secretary of The Vigils, waits with him, taking down notes of Archie's hazing "assignments." The assignments are cruel pranks and practical jokes to be performed by selected students, who have no choice but to obey The…

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