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

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

3. When Ponyboy awakes after passing out in Chapter 6, where is Johnny?

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

5. What story does Ponyboy tell Cherry when they are getting snacks at the drive-in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Cherry and Ponyboy talk about while getting concessions at the drive-in?

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

3. What two differences does Cherry point out between the greasers and the Socs?

4. What is Ponyboy's reaction to cutting and dyeing his hair?

5. What do Johnny and Ponyboy do in the vacant lot?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What storytelling techniques are used in The Outsiders? Discuss foreshadowing, the frame story, flashbacks, etc.

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 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?

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