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. When he awakes after passing out from the fire in Chapter 6, why does Ponyboy wonder if he and Johnny have been caught by the cops?

2. What is Ponyboy doing at the beginning of Chapter 1?

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

4. What book does Johnny bring to the church for Ponyboy?

5. Who does Cherry say would not understand if she hung out with Ponyboy at school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the park that Johnny and Ponyboy go to in Chapter 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 significance of the title of the novel. Who is an "outsider" throughout the story, and what makes that person an "outsider"? What other interpretations of the title are there?

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