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The Outsiders Full Book Comprehension
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What happens to the narrator on the way home from the movies?
He gets jumped by Socs.
What happened to the parents of the narrator?
The narrator's parents die in a car wreck 8 months before the beginning of the story.
What do we learn is the name of the narrator?
The narrator's name is Ponyboy Curtis.
Who are Soda and Steve? Where do they work?
Soda is Pony's brother. Steve is part of the gang and is Soda's bestfriend. They both work at the same gas station. (a DX)
According to Ponyboy, what is different about Dally than the rest of the guys?
He was tougher, colder, meaner, hates the world, and looks for trouble.
Why are the two girls alone without a car?
Their boyfriends left because they were drunk.
What does Two-Bit do that scares Johnny and Ponyboy? Relate why it is especially frightening to Johnny.
Two-Bit Grabs their shoulders and impersonated a mad soc. That was especially frighting to Johnny because a soc nearly killed him.
What rule does the greasers follow besides "stick together"? How do you think these rules came to be?
Don't get caught. These rules came to be because they have nothing but each other, and if they get caught doing bad things they'll get separated.
Describe the attack on Johnny. Why do you think the attack was so traumatic to him?
The attack was crucial. They almost beat him to death. This was traumatic to him because he already gets abused at home.
What does Cherry tell Ponyboy about the Socs?
Socs hide their feelings and are sophisticated and greasers are too emotional.
Relate the story about Mickey Mouse and Soda.
Mickey Mouse was a horse Soda loved, but the horse's owner sold Mickey.
Explain the reference to watching the sunset. Why is it an important part of the buildup relationship between Cherry Valance and Ponyboy?
There's a lot in common between greasers and Socs.
What do Pony and Johnny do instead of going to the movies and what is the result?
Ponyboy and Johnny fall asleep in the lot.
Why do Pony and Johnny run away?
Darry slapped Pony hard, Johnny's parents don't care so he goes with Pony
Why does Johnny like it better when his father is hitting him?
At least he knows that his dad knows that he's alive when he's getting abused.
What happens to Ponyboy at the Park?
Drunk socs find him and try to drown him.
Why does Johnny go after Bob? What is the result?
Pony was being drowned in the fountain so Johnny stabs him to death.
Why does Johnny react so violently to the socs?
Those same socs nearly killed Johnny, and now they are trying to kill Johnny's best friend.
To whom do Pony and Johnny go to for help? What does he give them? What does he tell them to do?
They go to Dally. He gives them money and a gun. He tells them to hop a freight train to Windrixville, buy a week's supply of food, hide in an abandoned church, and wait for him to meet them there when the police are clear.
When Pony wakes up, why is he alone? What does Johnny bring back?
Johnny left for supplies. He brings back peroxide, cards, matches, balogny, and a book (Gone with the Wind)
What do the boys do to their hair? Why is Pony reluctant to do anything to his hair?
They both cut their hair, Pony bleaches his. Their hair is a large part of their identity.
What does Dally bring to Pony from Soda?
Dally brings a letter from Soda.
When Dally says his heater "sure does help a bluff" what does he mean?
He's carrying an unloaded gun to intimidate.
Who is the spy that Dally speaks of?
What does Johnny announce that he and Pony are going to do? Why does he think that's best?
He announces that he and Pony are going to turn themselves in. He thinks that he won't be punished harshly because he never had anything on criminal record and it was self defense.
What is happening to the church when they return? Describe what they do about it.
They find out the church is on fire. Johnny and Pony risk their lives by saving the kids stuck in the church. Dally saves Johnny but pulling him out of the window.
What happens to Ponyboy and Johnny because of their actions?
They both get burnt. Pony gets bruised and shocked. They both go to the hospital.
Why does Dally club Pony across the back?
Pony's back is on fire.
How do Darry and Soda react when they see Pony?
Soda hugs him. Darry hugs him and cries.
Describe the change that has taken place in the relationship between Ponyboy and Darry.
Pony now knows that Darry loves him and he loves him back. He knows that Darry was just scared of losing him.
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's back is broken, has severe burns, and is paralyzed from the waist down. They convince the doctor that they were the closest thing to family Johnny had.
Briefly describe the conversation between Randy and Pony.
Randy breaks down stereotypes for Ponyboy. He also tells Pony that he is running away and not participating in the rumble.
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 entitlement?
You learn that Socs have problems like everyone else. They have money, and no boundaries. They want some sort of boundary.
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."?
Johnny is almost dead. It can't hurt to let the boys see him when it might be the last time they get to see him.
Why does Johnny really want to live, even though he has thought of suicide in the past, and he will never be able to walk again?
He's too young, he hasn't seen everything he wanted to see.
When the nurse announces to Johnny that his mother is there to see him, how does he react?
Johnny rejects his mother and tells the nurse not to let her in. Then he passes out.
What are the rules for the rumble?
No weapons and first to run away loses.
Which side wins the rumble? What determines the winner?
the greasers win because the socs run away.
What were Johnny's last words to Ponyboy? What do you think he meant?
Johnny's last words are, "stay gold." By that he meant keep your innocence no matter what.
Why does Soda bolt out the door in chapter 12?
Soda is sick of being in the middle of Pony and Darry's fights, and Sandy refuses to read his letter.
What happens to Ponyboy's schoolwork, memory, and attitude about himself after the hearing? What opportunity does his teacher give him to make up his problems in school?
Pony becomes delirious, distracted, and his health suffers even more. His teacher gives him an option to write a composition about anything to make up for his poor grades.
After Pony and Darry go find Soda, the three of them talk. What is the result of their conversation?
Pony and Darry don't fight anymore.
What was in the note from Johnny that Ponyboy found when it fell out of his book?
He explained the poem to Ponyboy, had a message for Dally, and that he finally doesn't mind dying.
What is significant about the last sentence of the novel? Why?
The first sentence is the last sentence. It is significant because it tells you that the theme is based on the book.
What does Ponyboy finally decide to write about in his theme?
Everything that happened in the past few months. He was inspired to write this by Johnny.
Dally runs out "like the devil was after him" when he finds out Johnny is dead. According to Pony, why is Dally having so much trouble handling Johnny's death?
Dally only cared about one thing: Johnny, and Johnny was the only real connection to humanity that Dally had.
Why does Ponyboy insist that he is the one who killed Bob and keeps saying Johnny isn't dead?
He's in denial/Doesn't accept that Johnny is dead.
In chapter 10, when Dally phones the Curtis house, what is his message?
He robbed a grocery strore and needed a place to hide
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