The Outsiders Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In Chapter 1, what does Ponyboy see as differences between him and his peers?

Ponyboy enjoys reading, watching movies, and drawing, while the other guys don't do these things. This is why he is leaving the movies by himself.

2. Why is Ponyboy nervous about walking home alone from the movies?

Ponyboy is worried about being alone if the Socs try to jump him. He thinks he should have asked for a ride home from one of his friends.

3. Describe the fight between the greasers and the Socs that occurs when Ponyboy is walking home from the movies.

As Ponyboy is walking home, some Socs jump out of a car and start a fight with him. One of them has a knife, and they pin Ponyboy down. Ponyboy's brother Darry comes to his rescue, and his friends scare off the Socs.

4. What is Ponyboy's living arrangement?

Ponyboy lives with his two brothers, Darry and Soda. The boys' parents were killed in a car accident, and the boys have been permitted to live together as long as they behave. If they don't, they will be split up.

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