“The Outsiders” Study Guide
It is recommended that you study:
1. Bell work questions and answers
2. Character Chart
3. Cause and Effect Homework worksheet
4. Sequencing Homework worksheet
5. Figurative Language-Metaphors Homework worksheet
6. Identifying Characters Homework worksheet
7. Idioms Homework worksheet
8. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” Poem Analysis
9. Chapters 1-12 Study Guides
10.Chapters 1-12 Chapter Analyses (fill-in-blank using context clues)
Final Test Study Guide Questions
1. What is the overall tone of the novel?
2. What is a symbol of power for the Socs that is also a symbol of weakness to the Greasers?
3. What physical characteristic do the Greasers pride themselves on?
4. What does Johnny finally say that the poem means to him?
5. What is the setting of the novel? (place and time period)
6. Describe a person vs. person conflict from the novel.
7. Describe a person vs. fate conflict from the novel.
8. Describe a person vs. self conflict from the novel.
9. Why does the author use so much slang in the novel?
10. What point of view is used to tell the story?
11. Give one word to describe Ponyboy in the novel.
12. When Johnny says he is going to carry a knife and kill the next person that tries to jump him, AND
when Dally asks for Two-Bit’s switchblade, these are both examples of flashbacks or foreshadowing?
13. You will be asked to put a five situations in order on the plot diagram.
14. A=exposition/introduction, B=rising action, C=climax, D=falling action, E=resolution/ending
Choose an event from the story that would make sense under each section of the diagram.
15. There will be some vocabulary words on the test. Write a short definition for each of the following
a. Rivalry f. Scowl
b. Hoodlum g. Mourn
c. Gallant h. Reluctant
d. Defiance i. Acrobatics
e. Elude j. Triumph
16. There will be some slang words on the test, similar to those from your quiz. Write a short definition for
each of the following words.
a. Weed d. Broad
b. Fuzz e. Rumble
c. Tuff f. Heater
17. Why did S. E. Hinton write the novel?
18. Were any of the characters real people?
19. How old was the author when she wrote the novel?
20. Why does the author use initials instead of her full name?
21. According to the author, why does she believe that the novel is still popular today?
22. What does the author suggest about the loss of innocence/maturity in the novel? Mention Robert Frosts’
poem, ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ in your answer.
23. What does the novel teach us about gang relationships versus biological family relationships?
24. How is being ‘an outsider’ a theme in the novel? Use your knowledge of Johnny’s final letter to Ponyboy to
assist in your answer.