The Outsiders Chapter 1-12 Note-Taking/Summarizing/Comp. Questions

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Chapter 1
Ch 1. – Setting
Outside Movie Theater & Ponyboy’s Neighborhood
Ch 1. Action Summary (Plot) & Characters Involved
-Ponyboy gets jumped by a group of Socs
-is saved by his friends-the greasers on the East Side
Ch 1. – Important Things to Remember
-Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darry are brothers
-Socs are the Greasers’ enemy
-Johnny was beaten badly by the Socs at some point
-Ponyboy is 14 and good in school
-parents died in car wreck
How does the narrator describe himself?
-as the youngest and the shortest
Why does he like to go to the movies alone?
-no one in the gang digs movies
What happens to him on the way home?
-gets jumped by the Socs
How does he feel as he’s being followed? Why? What signs does he exhibit that tell you this is how he feels? How does he get out of it?
-feels nervous
-he had never got jumped before
-his gang helps him get out of it
What happened to the parents of the narrator?
-died in a car crash when he was 8 years old
What do we learn is the name of the narrator?
Why is Ponyboy so reluctant to tell Darry how he really feels afterwards?
-doesn’t want Darry to worry about him
Who are Steve and Sodapop? Where do they work?
-Soda is Ponyboy’s brother
-Steve is Sodapop’s best friend
-work at the DX station
How did Two-Bit get his nickname? What is his real name?
-he got his nickname because he always had something to say
-his real name is Keith
According to Ponyboy, what is different about Dally then the rest of the guys?
-more tougher
-gets into the most trouble
What does Sodapop tell Ponyboy about his plans for Sandy and himself?
-to marry each other when Sodapop gets out of school
Describe Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darry’s relationship with each other.
-all brothers
-Darry is rough on Ponyboy
-Ponyboy loves Sodapop more than anyone in the world
-all need each other and even though they don’t show it or say it they all love each other
Chapter 2
Ch. 2 – Setting
Drive-In outside movie theater
Ch. 2 Action Summary (Plot) & Characters Involved
-Dally, Ponyboy, and Johnny go to the movies (sneak in)
-they meet Cherry and Marcia
Ch. 2 – Important Things to Remember
-they meet Cherry and Marcia
-they learn that the Socs have tough lives too
How do the boys get into the Nightly Double? Why do they choose to do that?
-sneaking in
-didn’t want to have to pay
Why does Dally use vulgar and abrasive language with the girls at the movie?
-wants to be cool
-trying to make an impression
How do the girls respond to the insults? From their reactions, what can you conclude about their personalities?
-tells him to stop and leave them alone
-the girls are hot headed
Why is Ponyboy uncomfortable about Dally’s behavior?
-Dally steals and mugs
-he robs and uses vulgar language
Explain why the girls are okay with Johnny and Ponyboy, but not Dally.
-they’re more gentle and more nice
Why are the girls alone and without a car?
-their boyfriends were drunk and they left.
What does Two-Bit do that scares Johnny and Ponyboy? Relate why it is especially frightening to Johnny.
-sneaks up on them (Two-Bit)
-Johnny thinks he is getting jumped by the Socs
What rule do Greasers follow, besides \”stick together\”? How do you think these rules came to be?
-other rule is \”don’t get caught\”
-came from Dally or were made more overtime
Describe the attack on Johnny. Why do you think the attack was so traumatic to him?
-attack was vicious and ruthless
-the Socs came from a blue mustang and beat him up
-he was beaten badly he almost died
Chapter 3
Ch 3. – Setting
-Vacant Lot
-Johnny’s House
Ch. 3 – Action Summary (Plot) & Characters Involved
-Johnny kills one Soc, Bob
-Johnny and Ponyboy run away to Windrixville
Ch. 3 – Important Things to Remember
-Darry slaps Ponyboy
-Ponyboy’s parents died 8 months ago
-he wants to live in the country
Ch 3. Prediction
(Your opinion)
What does Cherry tell Ponyboy about the Socs?
-the Socs are sophisticated
-cool to the point of not feeling anything
Relate the story of Mickey Mouse and Sodapop. Why do you think it was included in the novel?
-to show that he loved his horse more than anything
Explain the reference to watching the sunset. Why is it an important part of the buildup of the relationship between Cherry Valence and Ponyboy?
-it shows that Cherry Valence and Ponyboy have something in common
When the blue Mustang rolls up, what are its occupants hoping to do? What do the Greasers think they want?
-Socs are hoping to have their girlfriends back
-the Greasers think they want a fight
Give your opinion of Cherry saying, \”…if I see you in the hall at school or someplace and don’t say hi, well, its not personal…\” Explain the reasons for your point of view.
-she doesn’t want her parents knowing she was talking the Greasers
What do Ponyboy and Johnny do instead of going home after the movies, and what is the result?
-(instead of going home) they watch the stars
-Ponyboy is yelled at by Darry who slaps Ponyboy
Why doesn’t Darry call the police when Ponyboy doesn’t arrive home until 2:00 p.m.?
-he was sorry for slapping Ponyboy
Why do Ponyboy and Johnny run away?
-Darry had slapped Ponyboy and he was angry for it
Why does Johnny say he likes it better when his father is hitting him?
-Johnny knows who that his father knows him
Paraphrase why Darry seems like an angry person.
-Darry is always yelling at Ponyboy
-he slaps Ponyboy
-has never said anything nice to anyone
Chapter 4
Ch. 4 – Setting
-Buck Merill’s house
Ch. 4 – Action Summary (Plot) & Characters Involved
-Bob tries to drown Ponyboy but Johnny kills him
-get gun and money from Dally
Ch 4. – Important Things to Remember
-Ponyboy and Johnny escape to Windrixville
-Bob is dead
What happens to Ponyboy at the park?
-Ponyboy almost gets drowned by the Socs
Why does Johnny go after Bob? What is the result?
-he is drowning Ponyboy
-Johnny stabs Bob and kills him
Why does Johnny act so violently with the Socs?
-they were the ones who jumped him
To whom do Ponyboy and Johnny go for help? What does he give them? What does he tell them to do?
-go to dally
-gives them $50.00 and a heater
-he tells them to catch a train to Windrixville
How do the boys get to where they are going? Where are they going to stay?
-they take a train
-they stay at a church
Interpret what Ponyboy means when he says, \”things are happening too quick. Too fast.\” Do you ever get a similar feeling in your own life? Explain.
-they are running for their lives
-so much has happened lately
Why do you think the author included the flashback to when all the guys went to church together? Do you think it was important to include that scene? Why?
-to show that they were more than just friends
-more like they were one big family
-they always had each others backs
Make a prediction about Ponyboy’s \”premonition.\” How could this be a hint of something that is being foreshadowed?
-something bad might happen
Chapter 5
Ch.5 – Setting
-Dairy Queen
Ch 5. – Action Summary (Plot) & Characters Involved
-Dally visits Ponyboy and Johnny
-Ponyboy gets a letter from Sodapop delivered by Dally
-Both boys cut hair and Ponyboy bleaches his hair
-Two-Bit gets jumped by the Socs
Ch 5. – Important Things to Remember
-Cherry is a spy
-Ponyboy and Johnny are hiding from the fuzz
-Greasers and Socs are going to have a huge rumble
When Pony wakes up, why is he alone? What does Johnny bring back?
-went to get supplies
-cards, bleach, baloney, a book, cigarettes
What do the boys do to disguise themselves? Why is Pony so reluctant to do anything with his hair?
-they both cut their hair
-Ponyboy also bleaches his
How did the boys show their feelings as emotion overcame them? Do you think their behavior was \”in character\” or did it deviate from the image the writer was trying to
create? Explain. How did the boys show their feelings as emotion overcame them? Do you think their
behavior was \”in character\” or did it deviate from the image the writer was trying to create? Explain.
-homesick and getting upset
How do they pass the time over the next few days? What do they eat?
-read \”Gone with the Wind\”
-play poker
-eat baloney and sandwiches
Why does Ponyboy get sick on the fifth day at the church?
-ate too much baloney
-smoked too much weed
What does Dally bring to Ponyboy from Sodapop? What does Pony learn from it about Darry’s feelings?
-Dally brings a note from Sodapop
-Darry really does care about him
How did Dally mislead the police?
-Dally told the police that they were in Texas
Where do they go in Buck’s car?
-the Dairy Queen
When Dally says that his heater \”sure does help a bluff…\” what does he mean?
-he can do whatever he wants
-he just takes the gun and tells them to let him do what he wants
Who is the \”spy\” Dally speaks of?
-Cherry Valence
Chapter 6
Ch 6. – Setting
Ch.6 – Action Summary and Characters Involved
– The boys (Johnny, Dally, and Pony) save the kids from the burning church
– Pony, Dally and Johnny get burned
– They head over to the hospital
Ch. 6 – Important things to Remember
-Ponyboy is burned the least
-Johnny is burned the most
-Johnny and Dally are emitted from the church
\”The spy\” thinks the whole mess was her fault. Dally agrees that it is. Thinking back on the story, do you believe the trouble they are all in is because of her? Explain.
-It started with the Socs; if they hadn’t jumped Johnny and Ponyboy none of this would’ve happened
What does Johnny announce that he and Pony are going to do? Why does he think it is best?
-to turn themselves in
-Johnny has n o record, self defense purposes, and have a good chance of getting off easy
What does Dally tell Johnny when he asks about his parents? How does Johnny react? How is his reaction different from how Dally would react?
-Dally says, \”No they don’t care about you my parents never did why should yours.
-Johnny stares at the dashboard with bewilderment
– Johnny is always sensitive; Dally is tuff and doesn’t care
What is happening at the church when they return? Describe what they do about it.
-the church is on fire
-they save the kids
What happens to Ponyboy and Johnny because of their actions?
-they get burned
Why does Dally club Pony across the back?
-to get the fire out
Where are they headed when Pony wakes up? Where are Johnny and Dallas? Describe each of the boys’ injuries.
-they are headed to the hospital
-Dally and Johnny are in the other ambulance
-order of burns:
1. Most Burned – Johnny
2. Dally
3. Least Burned: Ponyboy
How do Soda and Darry react when they see Ponyboy?
-they start crying
-they were so happy and worried to see him
Describe the change that has taken place in the relationship between Ponyboy and Darry.
-Ponyboy knows that Darry loves him now.
Chapter 7
Ch. 7 – Setting
-Bus Stop
Ch. 7 – Action Summary and Characters Involved
-TV reporters are all over
-Darry and Sodapop come to the hospital
Ch. 7 – Important things to Remember
-Dally and Johnny are in the hospital
-Johnny’s burns are more severe than Dally’s
Describe what Soda is doing while the police are trying to interview Ponyboy.
-Sodapop is mimicking the reporters
What is the extent of Johnny’s injuries? How are the boys able to get the doctor to tell them of Johnny’s prognosis?
(Prognosis – a forecast of the likely outcome of a situation)
-Johnny is severely burned and could die
-They tell the doctor that they’re are like family (to get the doctor to tell them Johnny’s prognosis)
What does Ponyboy mean when by, \”If? Please, no, I thought. Please not ‘if’.\”
-chance/risk of Johnny dying
Explain the reference to chocolate cake.
-something they all love
Why do the Curtis boys always leave their door unlocked?
-in case the gang needs a place to stay
What does the newspaper say about the \”heroes\”? What does Two-Bit have to say about the wording the reporter chose?
-the newspaper says that the \”heroes\” saved children from a burning church
(Question not Fully Completed)
Recount the story of Pony’s recurring dream.
-the death of his parents
-he hasn’t gotten over it
What has happened to Soda’s girlfriend, Sandy? Why?
-she moved to Florida
-to live with her grandmother
-she was expecting a baby
To what is Pony referring when he says, \”…it’s time for those guys from the state to come by and check up on us.\”
–to be taken to a boy’s home
Briefly describe the conversation between Randy and Ponyboy.
-they were angry
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?
-they are highly regarded
(Question not Fully Completed)
Randy says, \”You get a little money and the whole world hates you.\” Pony replies, \”No, you hate the whole world.\” Which of these statements, in your opinion, is true? Explain your answer.
-People hate the Socs because they disrespect everyone
Chapter 8
Ch. 8 – Setting
-Bus Stop
Ch. 8 – Action Summary and Characters Involved
-they visit Dally and Johnny at the hospital
-Johnny’s mom visits but Johnny refuses to see her
-Johnny faints
-they meet Cherry at the bus stop
Ch. 8 – Important things to Remember
-Ponyboy is sick
-Johnny is getting worse
-Johnny doesn’t want to see his mom
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 could die
Why does Johnny really want to live, even though he has thought of suicide in the past, and he would never be able to walk again?
-he said that 16 years is too short
When the nurse announces to Johnny that his mother is there to see him, how does he react? When Two-Bit and Ponyboy see Johnny’s mother, what happens? How do they react?
-Johnny says that he doesn’t want to see her
-Two-Bit says, \”No wonder he hates your guts.\”
When Dally asks Two-Bit about his \”fancy black-handled switch\”, what do you think was his reason for asking? Why do you think Two-Bit hands it over to him \”without hesitation\”?
-Dally wants to show his love for Two-Bit
-(Opinion) he doesn’t want to be yelled at or hit
Pony had a sick feeling in his stomach about the rumble that night. Infer what you think he was worried about.
-(Inferring Opinion) he might end up like Johnny
Cherry tells Ponyboy about the kind of person Bob \”really\” was. How does she describe him?
-Cherry describes him as friendly and nice
-can turn mean and angry when he is drunk/intoxicated
Cherry says about Bob, \”He could be sweet sometimes, and friendly. But when he got drunk…it was that part of him that beat up Johnny.\” Explain the differences between reason and excuse. Do you believe that if someone has been drinking, it is an excuse, or is it a reason, for inappropriate behavior? Try to use examples in your answer.
-Reason: an explanation given to an event or series of events
-Excuse: a false reason to get out of trouble
-(Opinion) Reason…had he not been drinking more than likely Bob would’ve jumped Johnny and Ponyboy
Chapter 9
Ch. 9 – Setting
-Lot (Rumble)
Ch. 9 – Action Summary and Characters Involved
-Greasers win the rumble
-Johnny dies
-Dally and Ponyboy visits Johnny
Ch. 9 – Important things to Remember
-Greasers win the rumble
-Johnny dies
-Dally is released
Ch. 9 – Prediction
(Your Opinion)
How do the boys show their excitement about the rumble when they are at the Curtis house getting ready to head out?
-dress nice
-doing aerobics
Pony thinks the only good reason to fight is…?
-self defense
Pony believes that he and Darry are both going to \”get somewhere.\” What does he mean by that? Do you believe they have any choice in the matter? Discuss in detail.
-they will achieve enough to get a good job
-get out of the \”hood\”
Why, according to Ponyboy, do people usually think that any trouble is the fault of the greasers and not the Socs? In your opinion, is that a true assumption?
-The Socs (supposedly) don’t get in trouble because they are the dream child
-When the greasers are supposed to be little poor brats that don’t behave, get in trouble
What are the rules for the rumble?
-skin fight
-no weapons are materials
Who actually steps up to start the rumble? Who is his opponent and how does it happen that he is able to take the first swing? What is ironic about these two boys
fighting against each other?
-Darry fights Paul
-Paul strikes first because Dally comes yelling saying not to start the rumble without him
-It’s ironic because they used to be best friends and they were on the same football team
Which side wins the rumble? What determines the winner?
-the Greasers win
-whoever runs away first, loses
Where do the boys go as soon as the rumble ends? Convey what happens as they are on their way in Buck’s car. How do they manage to get let off by the police?
-go to the hospital to visit Johnny
-To get to the hospital, they act like Ponyboy is sick
What were Johnny’s last words to Ponyboy? What do you think he meant?
-Johnny’s last words were \”Stay Gold\”
-I think it means to stay a child no matter what because you won’t realize the opportunity you had till it’s gone
Chapter 10
Ch. 10 – Setting
-Ponyboy’s House
Ch. 10 – Action Summary and Characters Involved
-Dally robs a grocery store
-Cops track him down, and shoot him
Ch. 10 – Important things to Remember
-Dally dies
-Pony gets \”Gone With The Wind\” from 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 couldn’t take it anymore
-Johnny was the only thing Dally loved
When Dally phones, what is his message?
-he robbed a grocery store
-cops were after him
-told the gang to meet in the vacant lot
According to Ponyboy, Johnny died gallant. What does he mean? What is different about the death of Dally?
-Johnny died courageous and spirited; he was better than most people
-Dally died a hoodlum
Why do you think Ponyboy becomes so sick? What are his symptoms?
-(Opinion) so many of his friends die and he got hurt in the rumble and before that
-Symptoms: shock, exhaustion, and minor concussion
The narrator writes, \”And the ground rushed up to meet me very suddenly.\” What really happened?
-he fainted and fell to the ground
Why is Ponyboy worried about whether or not he asked for Darry while he was in the hospital?
-Darry is starting to treat Ponyboy better but he heavily favors Soda
-Ponyboy thought Darry was sad for him
Chapter 11
Ch. 11 – Setting
Ch. 11 – Setting
-Ponyboy’s House
Ch. 11 – Action Summary and Characters Involved
-Ponyboy gets sick
-Ponyboy talks to Randy
-Ponyboy becomes angry with Randy because he starts talking about Johnny
Ch. 11 – Important things to Remember
-Randy visits
-Ponyboy hates Randy
After Ponyboy studies the picture of Bob in the yearbook, what conclusions does he make about him?
-scared stiff at the time
What was Randy’s purpose in visiting Ponyboy? What was the outcome of their conversation?
-to tell the truth about what happened for his dad
-to talk about court
-the conversation ended in a disagreement
Why do you think Ponyboy insists that he is the one who killed Bob and keeps saying Johnny isn’t dead?
-to protect him from the police
-to protect him from people that may want to harm him
Chapter 12
Ch. 12 – Setting
-Ponyboy’s House
Ch. 12 – Action Summary and Characters Involved
-Ponyboy is doing bad at school (he is failing)
-Sodapop runs out of the house because Darry and Ponyboy were arguing
-Ponyboy recieves a note from Johnny
Ch. 12 – Important things to Remember
-to pass school, he must complete an assignment and get a C or better
-Ponyboy is not guilty
Why do you think the judge’s line of questioning is so easy on Ponyboy? Why is he acquitted?
[Acquitted – free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty]
-the judge is so easy on Ponyboy because of his situation and how hard it is to cope with
-he is acquitted because the judge doesn’t want to further question him
-Johnny killed Bob
What happens to Ponyboy’s schoolwork, memory, and attitude about himself after the hearing? What opportunity does his teacher give him to make up for him problems in school?
-all of it is lost
-his teacher gives him an assignment to write an essay and to try to pass school
Why does Soda bolt out the door?
-Ponyboy and Dally were fighting
What do we find out about the real reason that Sandy left for Florida?
-the baby wasn’t Sodapop’s
-he is a bad influence on her.
After Pony and Darry go find Soda, the three of them talk. What is the result of their conversation?
-they all make up and forgive each other
What was in the note from Johnny that Ponyboy found when it fell out of his book?
-Johnny found out the meaning of \”Nothing Gold can Stay\”
-he meant that you’re gold when you’re a kid, like green. When you’re a kid, everything is new, dawn.
What does Ponyboy finally decide to write about it in his theme?
-he writes about his latest experiences
-his side of the story
What is significant about the last sentence of the novel? Why?
-the last sentence is the first sentence of The Outsiders
-it was about his experiences

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