ELA B90 – The Outsiders Chapter 8 & 9 Questions

Chapter 8

  1. How does what the doctor first says foreshadow Johnny’s condition?
  2. What two things does Johnny want Two-Bit and Pony to bring him?
  3. “We needed Johnny as much as he needed the gang. And for the same reason”. What do you think Pony means, and what is the reason?
  4. What does Pony mean when he says, “we could get along without anyone but Johnny”?
  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 anyone”?
  7. Gone With the Wind is a book about the American Civil War. Why do you think S.E. Hinton chose to include this book within her own?

Chapter 9

  1. When Pony asks what kind of a world it is, what comment is he making about how society judges people?
  2. Why do the boys fight? Why is Pony different?
  3. 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?
  4. What are the rules of the fight? How many Greasers and Socs show up?
  5. What two things are Greasers proud of?
  6. Summarize the events of the rumble. What is the eventual outcome?
  7. How does Dally trick the police officer?
  8. What are Johnny’s last words, and what do you think Johnny’s last words to Pony mean?
  9. How should Mr. Peters spend the $5 he is absolutely going to win?
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