The Outsiders Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ponyboy threaten the three Socs at the grocery store with?

2. Who shoots Dally?

3. What do Two-Bit and Ponyboy do before going back to the hospital?

4. While Ponyboy is sitting on the car at the grocery store in Chapter 12, three Socs pull up. Why don't these three Socs like him?

5. What has Dally done to make the cops chase him in Chapter 10?

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

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

What message is implied at the end of the novel? Is the story intended to inspire hope? Why or why not?

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