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"The Outsiders" Study Guide
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Who is the narrator of The Outsiders?
Ponyboy; First person point of view
What two groups of teenagers does Ponyboy describe?
Socs and Greasers
Socs- rich, live on the West side, have beer blast, dress preppy, jump Greasers for fun, wreck houses, sophisticated, and hide their emotions.
Greasers- poor, live on the East side, steal for fun, look like hoods, grease their long hair, wear jeans and T-shirts, leather jackets, and feel their emotions violently
Why did the Socs beat up Ponyboy?
He was alone and a Greaser, their idea of fun
Why did Ponyboy have a hard time with his oldest brother?
Darry was very protective and acted like a parent because their parents are dead; because he is dead; Darry makes mistakes, like yelling and hitting Pony
Where do the Socs and Greasers hang out?
Greasers hang out at Dingo and Jay's: Socs hang out at Way Out and Rusty's
What do they do for fun?
Both enjoy movies
How do the Greasers learn more about the Socs?
What kind of rules do gang members follow in fights?
No weapons, just fist; even numbers of both sides-fair
Why do you think Ponyboy and Cherry become good friends?
They have a lot in common and both enjoy sunsets
Why did Cherry and Marcia leave their dates?
The boys were drinking and Marcia and Cherry disapproved
Why do you think Darry hit Ponyboy?
He was very late getting home and Darry was very worried and upset
Which Greasers steal for fun?
Two-Bit steals for fun; Dally steals to break the rules
Who (Greasers or Socs) do you think were wrong in the situation (tragic incident at the park) Why?
Socs were out of the territory and had been drinking and we're very violent in how they treated Pony; Johnny was defending his friend who was drowning
Why do Ponyboy and Johnny turn to Dally for help?
Dally has experience in this kind of thing- he would have a gun and plan; Darry would be very upset; the boys just want to get away and Dally seems like their best hope for help; Ponyboy says Dally can do anything
Do you think hiding out was the best thing for Johnny and Ponyboy to do? Why or why not?
Maybe if they hast left, the Socs wouldn't have declared war; there will be a big rumble as a result
What did Johnny admire about Dally?
He shows gallantry and loyalty; he took the rap for something Two-Bit did, for example
Why did the boys cut their hair?
To disguise themselves
Does the length of hair mean much to the boys?
It shows identity and membership on their group
Why do you think Cherry chose to associate with-and later help- Johnny and Ponyboy? Is she a spy?
She hated the fighting and wanted it to stop; yes, she is a spy
Why do you think Johnny decided they should turn themselves in?
He thought he would get off easy - he had no record , it was self defense, and he didn't want to stay at the church anymore; he wanted to end the violence
What did Pony learn about Darry?
He learned that Darry was trying to make something of himself and Darry loved and missed him
How were the boys injured?
Trying to save the children in the fire
Why could they be considered heroes?
They risked their lives to save the children
What additional problem did the brothers face after Pony's return?
The courts could separate them and put them in special custody
How did Johnny feel about dying?
Scared, used to think about suicide, but now feels like he has too much to do yet...
What did Johnny want the boys to get for him in the hospital?
Grease for his hair and a copy of Gone with the Wind
Why were these things important?
The grease confirms his identity in the group; the book connects to his feelings about loyalty and gallantry
How close to the truth was Johnny when he said he didn't want to see his mother?
He rejects his mom the way she's rejected him - maybe he wished that she insisted on seeing him to prove she loves him
What were the reasons that the various boys gave for fighting?
Darry - pride
◦ Steve - hatred
◦ Soda - fun to fight
◦ Two-Bit - conformity (fitting in)
Why did Dally take Pony to see Johnny after the rumble?
He wanted Johnny not to get hard like he was
What did Johnny mean when he told Pony to "stay gold"?
It means to stay sensitive and kind; make something of himself (good, pure, new, fresh)
Why does Dally rob the store?
He wants to die; his gun isn't loaded, and he draws the police to him and positions himself in a pool of light before drawing the unload gun out of his pocket
What happens to our narrator?
He collapses; he is sick; he is hospitalized, which he forgets; he sleeps for days without waking up and remembering
Why did Randy come to visit Pony when he was ill?
He was concerned about the hearing in court; he wanted to tell Pony that he was an eyewitness and saw the incident at the park and that Pony wasn't to blame
Why did Pony not care that Randy was seeing his house in a messy condition?
He accepted Randy as a buddy and didn't mind him seeing the house
Why do you think Pony said he killed Bob and that Johnny wasn't dead?
He is in denial - he thought it wouldn't hurt as much if he pretended (p. 177)
hy was the court hearing important? What were the possible decisions of the court?
he boys could be separated if Darry can't support/supervise them; Pony is acquitted and the case closed
Why do you think Pony's life was still troubled after the court hearing?
He shows that he is still troubled when the Soc boys confront him and he breaks the bottle... but then he cleans up the glass (see page 171)
What message did Johnny leave in the book?
◦ Johnny says he doesn't mind dying now; it was worth it to save the children
◦ Pony should "stay gold" and not become jaded; Pony still has time to make something of his life and there is still good in the world
Why is Soda upset?
He gets bad news from Sandy; he fights with his brothers; he feels the need to stick together
Why does Pony tell the story? What does the title refer to?
For all the outsiders- people who feel left out or alienated
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