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. Who wrote the poem that Ponyboy recites to Johnny?

2. How does Ponyboy react when Johnny tells him what has happened in the park?

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

4. Why doesn't Dally want Johnny to go to jail?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ponyboy tell Cherry and the others about Darry as they are walking to Two-Bit's house?

3. What injuries do Ponyboy and Johnny sustain in the fire?

4. What does Soda tell Ponyboy in the letter he sends with Dally?

5. What does Jerry say when Ponyboy tells him that he and Johnny are wanted for murder?

6. How does Ponyboy realize that Darry truly cares for him?

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

8. What do Cherry and Ponyboy talk about while getting concessions at the drive-in?

9. How does Dally approach the Soc girls at the drive-in?

10. Explain how Ponyboy and Johnny are heroic during the fire.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare The Outsiders to a similar rivalry story. Discuss how violence & friendships that arise between the groups, etc. are handled in each story.

Essay Topic 2

What storytelling techniques are used in The Outsiders? Discuss foreshadowing, the frame story, flashbacks, etc.

Essay Topic 3

Examine Dally as the hero or martyr of the novel. What heroic behaviors does he display? Why do the younger boys look up to him? What can they learn from his life?

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