The Chocolate War | Study Guide

Robert Cormier

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The Chocolate War | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Fall, circa 1970

    Jerry Renault tries out for the freshman football team at Trinity High School.

    Chapter 1
  • A few days later

    Archie agrees to help Brother Leon with the chocolate sale.

    Chapter 4
  • Weeks into the semester

    Under pressure from The Vigils, Goober plays a cruel prank on Brother Eugene.

    Chapter 8
  • About the same time

    Leon announces the beginning of the annual Trinity chocolate sale.

    Chapter 10
  • First day of the sale

    Acting on Archie's orders, Jerry refuses to sell the chocolates.

    Chapter 13
  • Two weeks later

    Jerry continues to boycott the sale, angering both Leon and Archie.

    Chapter 17
  • Within days

    Rumors spread about Jerry's defiant act.

    Chapter 19
  • Soon after

    Other students begin to follow Jerry's example.

    Chapter 21
  • Almost immediately

    Sales plummet, to Brother Leon's dismay.

    Chapter 22
  • That evening

    Brother Leon berates Archie over the telephone, urging him to take action.

    Chapter 24
  • Soon afterward

    Jerry is summoned by The Vigils and Archie asks him to sell the chocolates.

    Chapter 25
  • Over the next few days

    Jerry holds firm in his refusal.

    Chapter 28
  • Simultaneously

    The sale regains momentum and becomes a huge success.

    Chapter 29
  • One fall afternoon

    Jerry is assaulted by a group of children led by Janza.

    Chapter 31
  • As the sale wraps up

    Archie organizes a boxing match between Jerry and Janza.

    Chapter 36
  • That evening

    The fight spirals out of control; Janza knocks Jerry out cold.

    Chapter 37
  • Later that night

    Jerry is carted off the field in an ambulance.

    Chapter 38
  • Meanwhile

    Brother Leon signals his tacit approval of Archie's actions.

    Chapter 38

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapters 1–3 Jerry Renault, an incoming freshman at Trinity High School, is trying out for the football team. As he tries to execut... Read More
Chapters 4–6 Archie Costello has been called to the office of Brother Leon, the interim headmaster of Trinity. Leon reveals to Arch... Read More
Chapters 7–9 In the Trinity parking lot, Archie happens upon fellow upperclassman Emile Janza, who is siphoning gasoline from anoth... Read More
Chapters 10–12 Brother Leon calls a special assembly to announce the annual chocolate sale. Sitting among the students, Archie Costel... Read More
Chapters 13–15 In his classroom, Brother Leon is calling roll and asking the students whether they will participate in the chocolate ... Read More
Chapters 16–18 In his office, Brother Leon is meeting with David Caroni, a nearly straight-A student who has somehow received an F on... Read More
Chapters 19–21 The next morning, Jerry is exhausted and nauseated. On the bus, a Trinity junior congratulates him for defying "that b... Read More
Chapters 22–24 Brian Cochran, the treasurer of the chocolate sale, is alarmed to find the sales figures "dropping at an alarming rate... Read More
Chapters 25–27 Jerry receives another summons from The Vigils. He arrives to find Archie sitting at a card table with a box of chocol... Read More
Chapters 28–30 At a football scrimmage, Jerry finds himself not merely tackled, but assaulted by the other players. He struggles thro... Read More
Chapters 31–33 On the way back from the football field, Jerry is ambushed by Emile Janza, who proceeds to call him a "fairy" and a "q... Read More
Chapters 34–36 Back at school, Jerry finds himself virtually ignored by both students and teachers. His vandalized locker has been cl... Read More
Chapters 37–39 The Goober, who has been home sick for the past three days, decides to attend the fight. He listens to the rules and s... Read More
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