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by Carl Hiaasen

Chomp Theme of Drugs and Alcohol

In Chomp, alcohol is no fun. Tuna's dad can't stop drinking, and it makes him angry and violent with her and her mother. It also makes him incredibly stupid. Jared Gordon has no sense and no boundaries. The danger involved with alcohol in this book is what creates all the serious tension in the plot.

Questions About Drugs and Alcohol

  1. If you were Mickey, would you help Tuna run away? If not, what would you do?
  2. Why does Wahoo stop Mickey from confronting Jared Gordon?
  3. How does alcohol affect the plot of the story? If Jared had not been drunk, do you think he would have shown up at Sickler's with a gun? Would he have shot Link?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Chomp argues that alcohol can lead you to do really bad, stupid, violent things.

Alcohol didn't have much to do with Jared Gordon's decisions. He probably would have done those things anyways because that's just the kind of person he is.

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