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 activity is common to the greasers?

2. What are Cherry and Marcia's boyfriends' names?

3. What news does Dally give Ponyboy and Johnny when he comes to see them at the church?

4. What does Ponyboy say to hurt Johnny's feelings when they are walking home from the drive-in?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the greasers sneak into the drive-in, and why do they do it?

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

5. Why does Cherry act as a spy for the greasers?

6. What news does Dally give Ponyboy and Johnny when he comes to see them at the church?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the theme of social and/or class division in the novel. Is the rivalry senseless? What motivates the rivalry between groups?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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