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by Carl Hiaasen

Chomp Theme of Strength and Skill

In Chomp the people will skills are useful, independent, and honorable. The ones without skills? Not so much. (We're looking at you, Derek.)

Questions About Strength and Skill

  1. What does skill have to do with pride? With deceit? With folly? With love?
  2. What is Derek skilled at? What does that get him?
  3. How does having skills pay off for Wahoo and his dad?

Chew on This

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

Judging from the difference in wealth between Derek and the Crays, Chomp argues that skill is not that important.

There is nothing more important than being good at something useful. That is the only way to have real success in life.

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