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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. Where has Johnny gone when Ponyboy wakes up in the church?

2. Why did Ponyboy pass out after the fire?

3. What does Johnny ask Dally when he comes to the church?

4. What does Cherry tell the cops about Bob's murder?

5. What makes Johnny stand up for Dally when the Soc girls put him down?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dally get to the rumble?

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

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 1, what does Ponyboy see as differences between him and his peers?

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

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

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

10. What does Darry do while Ponyboy is sick?

Essay 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

What elements in the novel make the story more real? Discuss elements like point of view, characters, and how thematic elements like violence are handled.

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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