Study Guide

Crash Violence and Aggression

By Jerry Spinelli

Violence and Aggression

Our boy Crash—the main character in Crash—is an extremely intense young dude. His motto is totally "Hulk smash!" On or off the football field, he loves to tackle people. Oh, what's that you say? You're a girl? Sorry, chica, you're still going down. And if you think your grandpa is getting a pass just because he's old and frail, well, you've got another think coming.

In Crash's world, even poor, old Penn, a Quaker who wears a button that says "peace," is basically asking for it. Do you think Crash was just born mad? Or is something else going on?

Questions About Violence and Aggression

  1. Who's the biggest bully in the book? Explain your answer.
  2. At what point does Crash decide to stop bullying Penn? What's the reason behind his decision?
  3. Why does Crash tackle Scooter?

Chew on This

Crash is a book that portrays bullies as silly and wrongheaded.

Crash is aggressive because he doesn't know how to deal with his feelings.

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