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imitating or copying action, speech, etc.
to send out rays of light; to shine
(adj.) bare, dreary, dismal
To speak in a slow way with prolonged vowel sounds
perfectly sure or certain; completely confident in one's own mind
happening over and over
filled with horror or shock
bold or daring feats
without respect; in a disdainful manner
hesitated or stumbled
to turn aside
persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious
subject to death
a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
feeling or showing a great liking for a person or thing
the quality of being better than others
a person or thing that is likely to cause harm; a threat or danger
compliance with standards, rules, or laws.
held back; to suppress; muffled
the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn.
drew together; shrunk; condensed
Great pain of mind or body; suffering
Describe what Soda is doing while the police are trying to interview Pony
He is entertaining everyone at the police station, joking around, interviewing the nurses, mimicking the TV reporters and keeping them all in stitche
What is the extent of Johnny's injuries? How are the boys able to get the doctor to tell them of Johnny's prognosis?
Johnny is in critical condition with a broken back, severe shock, and third-degree burns; they tell him that they are the only real family he has
What does Ponyboy mean when by, "If? Please, no, I thought. Please not ̳if'."
The doctors had said that Johnny might not live. He didn't want to hear what would happen if he lived
Explain the reference to chocolate cake.
The boys loved to eat chocolate cake for breakfast, and their parents had never let them ha
Why do the Curtis boys always leave their door unlocked?
It is a stopping place for all their friends if they need a place to sleep or get away from some
What does the newspaper say about the "heroes"? What does Two-Bit have to say about the wording the reporter chose
The headlines read, Juvenile Delinquents Turn Heroes. Two-Bit says they didn't just turn heroes—they were heroes from the beginning. The whole page was covered with stories about them—the fight, the murder, the church burning, the Socs being drunk, and their pictures were even there. The article talked about how they risked their lives to save the kids. One of the Socs even said it was their fault about the murder and that the greasers only fought back in self-defense.
Recount the story of Pony's recurring drea
He dreamt of his parents' funeral and woke up night after night sweating and screaming. The doctor chalked it up to too much imagination
What has happened to Soda's girlfriend, Sandy? Wh
She has gone to live with her grandmother in Florida because she is pregn
To what is Pony referring when he says, "...it's time for those guys from the state to come by and check up on us."
The social workers check up on the boys to be sure they are staying out of trouble and living in a decent environment. If not, they have the authority to take Ponyboy out of the ho
Briefly describe the conversation between Randy and Ponyboy.
Answers will vary. Possible answers: Randy tells Pony that he would have let the kids die in the fire. He tells him that he is not going to show at the rumble that night. He is sick of all this trouble between the Socs and the greasers, and that Bob was a good guy and a real person. He says that Bob was spoiled and his parents never told him ―No.‖ He tells Pony that even if they beat the Socs at the rumble, they couldn't win—they would always be where they are: at the bottom. Pony learned that Randy, the Soc, is just a gu
From their discussion, what did you learn about the privileged class to which the Socs belong? How do you think some people come to feel entitlemen
They can do just about anything they want and because they have money and dress well, a lot of what they do is overlooked. Answers will vary
What do you think the doctor means when he says to the nurse, "Let them go in. He's been asking for them. It can't hurt now"
He means that Johnny is going to die, so they might as well let his friends in to see him. They can't hurt anything now.
Why does Johnny really want to live, even though he has thought of suicide in the past, and he would never be able to walk again
He is too young to go now. He hasn't seen and done everythin
When the nurse announces to Johnny that his mother is there to see him, how does he react? When Two-Bit and Ponyboy see Johnny's mother, what happens? How do they re
He doesn't want to see her. He is angry at her and feels that all she would want anyway would be to tell him how much trouble he is causing her. When she gives them a look of hatred and begins to blame them for all the trouble, they yell back at her, saying, ―No wonder he hates your guts.‖ They almost got into a yelling match, but Ponyboy moves Two-Bit away from her and they leav
Cherry tells Ponyboy about the kind of person Bob "really" was. How does she describe h
She says that he was Randy's best friend since grade school. He could be sweet and friendly sometimes. But when he got drunk he became mean. He had something special about him that made people follow him. He was a little better than the crowd.
How do the boys show their excitement about the rumble when they are at the Curtis house getting ready to head out
They get all spruced up, put on extra hair oil, do flips off the porch and no-hands cartwheels, screech like Indians, chant greaser... greaser... greaser... The excitement was contagio
Who actually steps up to start the rumble? Who is his opponent and how does it happen that he is able to take the first swing? What is ironic about these two boys fighting against each other?
Darry stepped forward and said, ―I'll take on anyone.‖ His former buddy, Paul, stepped up to him, and when Darry was distracted, Paul threw the first punch. It was significant because they had grown up together and used to be close friends.
Why, according to Ponyboy, do people usually think that any trouble is the fault of the greasers and not the Socs? In your opinion, is that a true assumption?
They are always well-dressed and clean. The impression they give off is one of law-abiding citizens, while in reality they are sneaky troublemakers and no better than the greasers. Opinions will vary
What were Johnny's last words to Ponyboy? What do you think he meant
―Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold....‖ He was referring to the poem, ―Nothing Gold Can Stay‖ by Robert Frost, the poem presented in Chapter Five. Answers will vary. He meant that Pony was a good kid and that he needed to be sure to do everything in his power to stay that way—don't let this lifestyle ruin you
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