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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 do Johnny, Ponyboy, and Two-Bit walk to with Cherry and Marcia after they leave the movies?

2. Who admires Dally because he is gallant?

3. Who shows up at the hospital with Darry to see Ponyboy?

4. What is the name of the grown-up who is at the fire?

5. Dally says the greasers have a spy on their side. Who is it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do Johnny and Ponyboy go find Dally after the fight in the park?

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

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

7. What is Ponyboy's living arrangement?

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

9. What does Soda tell Ponyboy in the letter he sends with Dally?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how The Outsiders can be considered a "coming of age" story. How do the main characters mature?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the different characters' beliefs about violence. What events shape or change their view of violence? Do they think it's a necessary evil?

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