The Outsiders Test | Final 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. Why can't Ponyboy speak when he hears of Johnny's condition?

2. Who has a bad feeling about the rumble?

3. What caused Ponyboy's injury/illness during the rumble?

4. Who comes to visit Ponyboy when he is confined to bed after the rumble?

5. What lie does Ponyboy tell Johnny in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Ponyboy realize that Johnny is dying?

2. What does Dally ask Two-Bit for in the hospital?

3. Why won't Cherry go see Johnny in the hospital?

4. Why is Ponyboy sick after the rumble?

5. How does Ponyboy get home from the hospital after Johnny's death?

6. What does Soda say to Ponyboy and Darry about their fighting?

7. How does the rumble get started?

8. How do readers realize that Ponyboy is in denial and delusional?

9. Why doesn't Darry want Ponyboy to fight in the rumble?

10. Explain how Dally dies.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Ponyboy's sensitivity with the attitudes of those around him. What characters are completely opposite in that they are tough and/or desensitized to their situations? How does Ponyboy's sensitivity help or hurt him throughout the story? How does it make him easier/more difficult for readers to relate to?

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

Describe the setting of the novel. What time period is it, and what type of place do the characters live in? What activities, slang, etc. "date" the novel? What impact does this setting have on present-day readers? Is it more difficult to connect with the characters? What significance does the setting have to the events of the novel? Could the events have just as easily happened today? Why or why not?

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