The Outsiders Questions
1. A Soc is very mean, insensitive, and violent. Most of the Socs described in the book have
shorter hair, and ride “tuff” cars. They are opposites of the greasers, in a way. Sometimes, they
don't know when to stop. Bob, the Soc that got murdered, took the gang thing too seriously, and
almost killed Ponyboy. Not all Socs are mean, like Cherry or Marsha.
2. A greaser is the opposite of a Soc. They are also mean and violent, but they are the heroes in
this story. Ponyboy, Johnny, Two-Bit, and several other characters are examples of greasers.
They won the rumble near the end of the story. Not all greasers are the kind of person you'd
want to be your friend. For example, Dally is a crazy boy who does a lot of illegal things. One
of the only good things about him is he helps Johnny and Ponyboy avoid a lot of trouble when
Johnny murders Bob, the Soc who almost killed Ponyboy.
3. I think that the only reason the Socs and the Greasers hate each other so much is because they're
different. The whole thing probably started with a small fight, and then they decided to become
enemies, and the gangs just “grew” off of that. If the Socs and greasers could just get along, I
think they would be happier. They don't need to like each other, but they don't need to kill one
4. Johnny carries a blade because of a time when the Socs almost killed him in a fight a few
months before the events of the book. It's also why he has a scar down his face, and why he's
scared stiff of the Socs. He always stays around another greaser, to stay safe.
5. Johnny looks up to Dally more, because he is helping him. Ponyboy and his brothers don't like
Dally very much, until the end of the story, when Dally almost saves their life, and lends them
money and a weapon. Personally, I don't think Dally is a person I would want to be my friend,
because he might get me into a lot of trouble.
6. Things are rough all over because of the conflict between the greasers and the Socs. It wouldn't
be so rough if they didn't fight, as I said before. If I were them, I would just stay away from the
opposing force and avoid fights. Too many people in these gangs get hurt or even die.
7. Johnny and Ponyboy sure change a lot after the fire. Physically, even. Ponyboy got some minor
injuries, and even Dally got burned on his arm. I think the one who changed the most is Johnny,
because he died a few weeks after some burning wood from the church fell on him.
Emotionally, I think both Ponyboy and Johnny changed from feeling low to feeling big and
heroic, after they got featured in the newspaper for saving the children.
8. It was important for the greasers to win the rumble so that they could feel bigger than the Socs,
and not losers like the Socs say they are. When they won the rumble, I felt good that the team I
knew was the best turned out to be on top. I like it when books make you feel good when
something interesting or good happens.
9. Ponyboy definitely learned a lesson in this story, because he learned that violence is not the
answer in most cases. He learned that the Socs are not such bad people. They are just normal
people, and we just don't see that. He also learned that the world is not a place for us to judge
each other, and that maybe things would be best if we all got along. I liked and disliked the
ending. If I could change it, maybe it would have less of a sad ending, where Johnny lives.
10. This is a poem by Fred Benton Holmberg, called No Tears, from his collection called Journey:
Why should I cry?/For myself, for you/For us all ?//We have learned/To make monuments
of/War and blood.//And hold celebrations/And gatherings of men/Sanctified by priestly
blessings.//Even the cold of heart/Are stirred by inner/Memories, dreams, despairs.//Why
should I cry ?/Not for the dead/But for the living.//For the memories/Erase the horrors/And the
monstrosities/Become monuments/And we move again/In same old patterns.//I cry for us
all/For in a thousand years/We are still the same.//Tomorrow is another day./Tomorrow is
another war./Tomorrow ? I cry for today.
11. The characters did seem real in a sense that they could have existed in the world, and done the
things that they did, which, obviously, I hope never happens. This may or may not be possible
in Albuquerque, because there are a lot of police here, and I doubt the people and gangs in the
story could get away with most things because of them.
12. If I were a counselor and I were settling a dispute between the Socs and greasers, I would first
tell them some of the things I answered in the questions before. Obviously, what they're doing is
not right, and they need to stop the madness. Maybe, if they could just get along for once, they
would be happier, right? I would figure a plan out, like perhaps telling them to go one week
without any contact or fighting, and see if they feel better or not. I could also tell them each to
elaborate on why they hate each other, and then they would realize that there isn't a reason for
13. When I went to S.E. Hinton's web page, I learned a lot! Not only does she write books, she's
done Movies, too! She also has a biography! Wow! She is also the creator of the movie of The
Outsiders. I also did not know that The Outsiders was her first published book. What a cool site!
14. My book cover is also attached in this folder.