ELA B90 – The Outsiders Chapter 1

  1. Describe each of the characters in this chapter and their relationship with one another. (Ponyboy, Darrel (Darry), Sodapop (Soda), Steve, Keith, Dallas, Johnny)
  2. Who are the Socs? Who are the Greasers?
  3. In what ways is Ponyboy’s relationship to his brothers, Darry and Soda, different? Explain.
  4. Why is the gang important to Johnny?
  5. Do you think that Darry loves Ponyboy? What explanation could there be for the way Darry treats Ponyboy?
  6. What does Ponyboy mean when he says “I lie to myself all the time.” Do you ever lie to yourself? Why or why not? 
  7.  What is your personal identity? What is your group of friend’s identity?

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