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 jumps Ponyboy when he is walking home from the movie theater?

2. Why are there children at the church in Chapter 6?

3. Who does Ponyboy love the most out of anyone?

4. What activity is common to the greasers?

5. What does Two-Bit say Dally got caught doing in the parking lot?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the gang known as the "greasers".

3. Why do Johnny and Ponyboy go find Dally after the fight in the park?

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

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

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

7. Explain how Johnny speaks up to the older boys at the drive-in.

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

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

10. What is Ponyboy's living arrangement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Explain the reasons why The Outsiders may or may not belong to the realistic fiction genre? What other genres could it belong to?

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