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. Why doesn't Soda attend school?

2. Johnny thinks that Dally is so ________ that it scares him.

3. What color is the hair of the girl Ponyboy talks to at the drive-in?

4. In Chapter 6, what is on fire when the boys get back from eating with Dally?

5. What is Ponyboy doing at the beginning of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what the Socs do to Ponyboy during the fight at the park.

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

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

4. What happens when Cherry and Marcia's boyfriends show up as they are walking from the drive-in with the greasers?

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

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

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

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

9. What things are Ponyboy thinking about as he sits at the drive-in?

10. What does Dally tell Ponyboy and Johnny to do when the come to him for help after the park fight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationships between the Curtis brothers. What is Ponyboy's relationship with Darry like? With Soda? How do these relationships change throughout the novel? What events change these relationships, and how?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Ponyboy's sensitivity with the attitudes of those around him. What characters are completely opposite in that they are tough and/or desensitized to their situations? How does Ponyboy's sensitivity help or hurt him throughout the story? How does it make him easier/more difficult for readers to relate to?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the similarities between the greasers and the Socs. How are they not really all that different from each other? Why does each group think the other is better off? What specific events or conversations in the novel indicate that the two groups have some things in common?

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