The Outsiders Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Darry doing at the hospital to make Ponyboy realize that Darry really does care about him?

2. What do the Socs do to Ponyboy at the park?

3. Where is Dallas Winston from?

4. What does Cherry say about Ponyboy's name?

5. What time do Ponyboy and Johnny get to the park?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two differences does Cherry point out between the greasers and the Socs?

2. What does Dally do when Johnny asks if his parents are worried about him?

3. What is Ponyboy's reaction to cutting and dyeing his hair?

4. What does Ponyboy realize that he has in common with Cherry?

5. What happens when Dally tries to give the Soc girls a soda at the drive-in?

6. How do Johnny and Ponyboy realize that they are not alone at the park?

7. What does Ponyboy do when he wakes up in the church?

8. Describe the park that Johnny and Ponyboy go to in Chapter 4.

9. What do Johnny and Ponyboy talk about one morning while watching the sunrise?

10. Describe the differences in how Ponyboy's two brothers treat him.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how The Outsiders can be considered a "coming of age" story. How do the main characters mature?

Essay Topic 2

Describe how the characters in the novel are united by a sense of belonging or wanting to belong. How is Johnny's story specifically reflective of this?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the significance of the title of the novel. Who is an "outsider" throughout the story, and what makes that person an "outsider"? What other interpretations of the title are there?

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