Name: The Outsiders - Study Guide Questions
Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences on a separate
sheet of paper.
Chapter One and Two:
1. Who are the Socs? Who are the Greasers?
2. Why is the "gang" important to Johnny?
3. How does Ponyboy react to what Sodapop tells him about Darry?
4. Who is "the fuzz"? (p. 20)
5. Who are Cherry and Marcia?
6. Ponyboy compares Two-Bit to a "chessy cat" on page 27. What figure of speech
7. Why does Dally look sick now? (p. 33)
Chapter Three and Four:
1. When and how did Pony's parents die?
2. Why does Johnny like it better when his father is hitting him?
3. At the end of the chapter, what phrase does the author use to foreshadow that
bad things are to come?
4. What does Pony mean when he says the Socs were "reeling pickled" on page
5. How did the author foreshadow that Johnny would use his knife in chapter 2?
6. What would your advice be to Johhny and Ponyboy if they'd come to you for
help instead of Dally? Explain.
Chapter Five and Six:
1. Why does Pony have a problem with Johnny's idea to disguise themselves?
2. What does Pony mean when he says, "I was supposed to be the deep one" (p.
3. Why does Pony realize he doesn't like Dally? Explain what he means by this.
4. What's a "heater"? Why does Dally have one?
5. Why are the Socs and the Greasers going to fight in the vacant lot?
6. Why doesn't Dally want Johnny to turn himself in?
7. What "other side" of Dallas is revealed in this chapter?
Chapter Seven and Eight:
1. What condition is Johnny in after the fire?
2. Why would being crippled be worse for Johnny than someone else?
3. What is a juvenile delinquent (p. 107)? Find a definition on the internet, in a
dictionary, or create your own based on your own knowledge.
4. How does what the doctor first says, on page 119, foreshadow Johnny's
5. If Darry didn't have Soda and Pony, why would he be a Soc?
6. What does Cherry mean when she says Bob "wasn't just any boy"? (p.129)
Chapter Nine and Ten:
1. Why do the boys fight? Why is Pony different?
2. What is the difference between Tim Sheppard's gang and Ponyboy's? Explain
how Pony feels this difference might give his group the upper hand.
3. How does Pony's dreaming, or lying to himself, finally work in this chapter?
Chapter Eleven and Twelve:
1. Explain why Pony would rather have anyone's hate than their pity. (p.162)
2. What do you think is going on with Ponyboy when he says, "Johnny didn't have
anything to do with Bob's getting killed." (p.166)
3. What happens to Ponyboy at the hearing?
4. How do we know Sandy didn't love Soda as much as he loved her?
5. What do we learn was so special about Johnny? (p.178)
6. What does Ponyboy end up doing for his English assignment?
What is the main idea of the book The Outsiders?What is the main idea of the outsiders book? The main theme in The Outsiders is social and class conflict. This theme is demonstrated through the two gangs, the Socs and the Greasers. The differences in values and socioeconomic status between the poor Greasers and the wealthy Socs have made them rivals. Read complete answer here.
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