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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 does Ponyboy and Johnny think can help them after the fight in the park?

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

3. Who does Ponyboy think started the fire?

4. Besides Cherry, who is the only person Ponyboy is comfortable talking with?

5. What are Ponyboy and Johnny looking at when Ponyboy recites the line "Nothing gold can stay"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Ponyboy comes home late in Chapter 3?

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

4. What is Ponyboy's living arrangement?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of abandonment in the novel. What actions by the characters, or events, in the story exhibit this theme? What symbols (the vacant lot, the church, etc.) point to a theme of abandonment? What is the significance of the novel's title to this theme?

Essay Topic 2

Explain how symbols are used in the novel. Specifically: What does the sunset symbolize? The vacant lot? What about the different books and poems Ponyboy reads?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how the characters in the novel are united by a sense of belonging or wanting to belong. How is Johnny's story specifically reflective of this?

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