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Ponyboy Character Traits

Ponyboy Curtis is a perceptive, conflicted teenager, who is extremely loyal and selfless. In the story, Ponyboy gains significant insight into the lives of rival Soc members after having an...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2020 10:52 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the Socs and the Greasers in The Outsiders. How are they different? Are there any similarities?

In S. E. Hinton's classic novel The Outsiders, the Greasers and Socs are rival gangs, which are engaged in a tragic, ever-going conflict that leads to death and trauma for both social groups. The...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2020 4:16 pm UTC

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What are Two-bit's personality traits and physical characteristics?

The character Two-Bit Mathews is introduced to the reader early in S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders. Hinton’s story about the perpetual and futile feud between the Greasers, represented by, among...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017 2:13 am UTC

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Who dies in The Outsiders?

Three major characters die in S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. All of the deaths are tragic, as the boys who die are much too young to lose their lives so early; as well, all of the deaths call into...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 9:46 am UTC

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What are some man vs. ____ conflicts in the novel The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton?

In The Outsiders there are both internal and external conflicts. The two overriding conflicts are man versus himself and man versus society. Throughout the novel, Ponyboy endures an internal...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020 7:31 am UTC

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What Is The Theme Of The Outsiders

Because of the various conflicts in the novel, there are several themes which you could aptly discuss in The Outsiders. In addition to the ones mentioned by the other educators, one prevalent theme...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2020 10:45 am UTC

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How does Ponyboy's character change from the beginning to the end of The Outsiders?

After Johnny's and Dally's deaths, Pony engages in some deep introspection and realizes that maybe settling for the way Greasers have always lived isn't his best option for having a meaningful...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 12:58 pm UTC

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What are some quotes about family from The Outsiders?

Pony comments that his gang members are like family. This is because they are all very close since they have to depend on each other for everything. Pony goes to the movie by himself, and feels...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2016 12:43 am UTC

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In what ways are Greasers different from the Socs in The Outsiders?

Greasers are different from the Socs in that they come from the wrong side of the tracks. They are outcasts from respectable society, members of a class looked down on and despised by those from...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 7:47 am UTC

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What message did Johnny leave in the book he leaves for Ponyboy in The Outsiders? It's in Chapter 12.

Johnny leaves Ponyboy a note in the copy of Gone with the Wind that Johnny gives to Ponyboy. Johnny, who knows he is dying, tells Ponyboy that he doesn't mind dying now because he saved several...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2016 12:49 pm UTC

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Nothing Gold Can Stay Meaning

The meaning of the poem is that the things that are most beautiful in life are also the things that have the shortest lives. He says the first leaves of nature are their most beautiful and that...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2010 1:40 am UTC

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In The Outsiders, what does Ponyboy end up doing for his English assignment?

Ponyboy's assignment is to write a theme about "anything (he) think(s) is important enough to write about...it isn't a reference theme...(it is his) own ideas and...experiences". The...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2008 1:30 am UTC

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In The Outsiders, how do the Greasers and Socs dress?

According to Ponyboy Curtis, the protagonist and narrator of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, Greasers and Socs dress themselves differently. The Greasers, the group with which Ponyboy identifies,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 3:37 pm UTC

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How are things "rough all over" in Chapter 7 of The Outsiders?

In Chapter 2 of The Outsiders, Cherry Valence tells Ponyboy that "things are rough all over." She tells him this shortly after he finishes telling her why Johnny acts so "hurt and scared." Cherry...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 2:27 pm UTC

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What is the author's message in The Outsiders?

Another central theme in The Outsiders concerns friendship. At one point, the narrator states: "You take up for your buddies no matter what they do. When you're in a gang, you stick up for the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2017 12:40 am UTC

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In the book 'The Outsiders' what is said about sunsets?

S.E. Hinton uses the motif of sunsets to create a connection between two unlikely characters, Ponyboy Curtis and Cherry Valance. Although Ponyboy is a greaser and Cherry is a pretty, popular Soc...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2012 4:22 am UTC

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In The Outsiders, why does Ponyboy remind Cherry that they both watch the same sunsets?

Ponyboy says that sunset line to Cherry in chapter 3. Cherry is about to leave with a group of Soc boys in order to prevent a fight from breaking out in front of her. Just as she turns to leave,...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2017 8:48 pm UTC

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What were the various reasons that the boys gave for fighting?

In Chapter 9 of The Outsiders, the boys are preparing for the rumble with the Socs. Before the rumble, Ponyboy asks some of the boys why they fight. Soda likes to fight because it's like a...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2018 4:12 am UTC

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What are some characteristics of Dallas in The Outsiders?

Dally can be violent and impulsive, but he genuinely cares about Ponyboy. Towheaded and shifty-eyed, Dally was anything but handsome. Yet in his hard face there was character, pride, and a savage...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2013 1:31 pm UTC

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In Chapter 12 of The Outsiders, the last quote in the book says, "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from...

The novel begins and ends with the same sentence about Ponyboy stepping outside from a movie theater thinking about Paul Newman and a ride home. In Chapter 12, Ponyboy reads Johnny's moving letter...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2017 5:54 pm UTC

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In Chapter 7 of The Outsiders, what information did Ponyboy learn from the newspaper?

In chapter 7, Ponyboy reads a newspaper article entitled, "JUVENILE DELINQUENTS TURN HEROES" and learns several significant pieces of information regarding the events surrounding Bob Sheldon's...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017 10:15 am UTC

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In The Outsiders, a church catches fire where Ponyboy and Johnny were staying. Why are there kids inside the burning...

After killing Bob, a Soc, Johnny and Ponyboy escape to this church out in a pretty remote, mountainous location (which is wonderfully symbolic after Ponyboy's dreams of a simple life in the...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019 11:47 am UTC

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What does Cherry say is the difference between Socs and Greasers in Chapters 2 and 3 of The Outsiders?

Cherry is my favorite character in the entire novel. The reason for that is because she is able to fluidly interact with the Greasers and the Socs. Perhaps the reason for that is because she...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016 1:19 pm UTC

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What are the differences and similarities between the Socs and greasers in The Outsiders?

The Socs and greasers are the two rival groups of teenagers in S. E. Hinton's teen novel, The Outsiders. There are obviously more differences between the groups than similarities. SIMILARITIES All...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2011 1:04 pm UTC

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What are four similarities between Socs and Greasers in The Outsiders?

Let's look at the opposition first. The difference between Socs and Greasers is outlined for the reader in the opening chapter by Ponyboy, who is himself a Greaser and thus is able to give an...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2013 6:09 am UTC

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What are three conflicts of the main character Ponyboy Curtis in the book The Outsiders? Provide one direct quote for...

Ponyboy is faced with a number of conflicts throughout the novel. The most obvious conflict is the one between him and his older brother Darry, who after their parents’ death, took over as the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2015 10:22 am UTC

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What are some character traits for Johnny Cade in The Outsiders? 

Johnny Cade is depicted as a vulnerable, quiet member of the Greasers, who comes from an abusive home and is considered the gang's pet. Unlike the other Greasers, Johnny does not enjoy breaking the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019 1:13 pm UTC

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What major event happens in this chapter 4 of The Outsiders?

Chapter four of The Outsiders is the chapter that sets up the rest of the book. Pony and Johnny are in the park hanging out by the fountain. The two boys are talking about nothing too important...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2015 12:52 pm UTC

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In The Outsiders, what do the newspapers report about the fire and the three greasers who were on the scene? 

In chapter 7, Ponyboy reads the newspaper article entitled "JUVENILE DELINQUENTS TURN HEROES," which elaborates on the boys' lives and their heroics. Ponyboy mentions that the article begins with...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2017 2:04 pm UTC

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In "The Outsiders", why did Randy visit Ponyboy? Did Ponyboy learn anything from Randy throughout the story?    

Ponyboy suffers a concussion after being beaten in the head during a rumble. In Chapter 11, Randy comes to visit him because he has missed several days from school. Randy tells Ponyboy that he came...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2009 3:16 am UTC

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What are some quotes showing "friendship, loyalty, bravery, heroes" in the novel The Outsiders?    

Friendship: As Johnny lies near death in the hospital, Pony comes back to visit him. Pony sees that his friend is weak and pale, and the nurses have made ominous statements about how poor Johnny's...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 1:42 pm UTC

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In The Outsiders, how did S.E. Hinton foreshadow that the church would catch fire? (There were two ways.)

There are two ways in which S.E. Hinton foreshadows that the church will catch fire. One is that at the end of Chapter 4, Ponyboy says, "But this church gave me a kind of creepy feeling. What do...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2016 10:50 pm UTC

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At the end of Chapter 3, how does the author foreshadow that bad things are about to happen in The Outsiders?

The quick answer to this question is Ponyboy’s statement Things gotta get better, I figured. They couldn’t get worse. I was wrong. The words “I was wrong” make the reader think, “oh boy, what’s...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2015 9:52 pm UTC

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Who is Mickey Mouse and why is he so important in Sodapop's life in The Outsiders?

In Chapter 3, Ponyboy has a personal conversation with Cherry Valance at the drive-in and begins speaking about Sodapop's favorite horse, Mickey Mouse. Ponyboy tells Cherry that Sodapop used to...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2017 12:27 pm UTC

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What are similes used in The Outsiders?

An example of a simile comes in chapter 1, when Ponyboy describes Dally as being "as wild as the boys in the downtown outfits." This is a particularly useful simile as it gives us an insight into...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 4:33 pm UTC

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What are some quotes to describe Johnny in The Outsiders? Can you break the descriptions up by body part (eyes, head,...

Head: Johnny’s biggest problem is that he is afraid. He is constantly abused by his father, but when he was jumped by the Socs he was badly hurt. “Johnny was scared of his own shadow” after he...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2012 3:29 am UTC

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What does the story Gone with the Wind symbolize in The Outsiders? 

Gone with the Wind is an American novel written by Margaret Mitchell in 1936. In The Outsiders, it symbolizes the closeness between Ponyboy and his friend Johnny. When the boys are first hiding out...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 2:25 am UTC

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In The Outsiders, when and how did Ponyboy’s parents die?

Ponyboy Curtis and his brothers Sodapop and Darrel (nicknamed Darry) lost their parents approximately eight months before the start of the Novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. When this happens,...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2014 5:48 pm UTC

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In "The Outsiders" who borrows Two-Bit's switchblade in chapter 7-8?

The answer to this is that Dally (Dallas Winston) asks to borrow Two-bit's switchblade. This happens in Chapter 8 of the book. Dally is in the hospital recovering from his injuries that he got...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010 2:21 am UTC

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What are Sodapop’s physical and personality traits in The Outsiders?

Sodapop, or Soda, is Ponyboy’s second-oldest brother behind Darry. Soda is sixteen-going-on-seventeen, and according to Ponyboy, Soda “never cracks a book at all,” and he also never drinks. Ponyboy...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 3:10 pm UTC

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What are some examples of similes in Chapters 1 and 2 of The Outsiders?

In The Outsiders S. E. Hinton's protagonist, Ponyboy, is the narrator. He loves to read, and so figurative language comes easily to him. In many of his descriptions, Ponyboy employs...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2017 8:05 am UTC

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What is an example of personification in The Outsiders?

Personification is a type of figurative language which is "a figure of speech in which abstractions, animals, ideas, and inanimate objects are endowed with human form, character, traits, or...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2016 8:38 pm UTC

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What are some modern songs that could represent Ponyboy from the book The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton?

Before Johnny dies, he has a brief exchange with Ponyboy. Johnny tells Ponyboy to "stay gold." Johnny is referencing the Robert Frost poem that Ponyboy read to him while the two boys were hiding...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2017 1:49 pm UTC

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Why is Ponyboy smart in The Outsiders?

Ponyboy is smart because he excels at school and he is an avid reader. His eldest brother, Darryl ensures that Ponyboy attends school everyday and keeps his grades up. He is afraid that if Ponyboy...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2014 7:12 pm UTC

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What does Ponyboy mean on page 18 of The Outsiders when he said, "I lie to myself all the time"?

Ponyboy says (thinks) that line to himself at the end of chapter one. He has just finished introducing the reader to the members of the Greaser gang and his brothers, Sodapop and Darry. The final...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016 2:16 pm UTC

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What comes to Ponyboy's mind when he sees Bob's picture in the yearbook?

For the first time ever, Ponyboy considers the idea that Bob is an actual person. Before this moment in chapter eleven, Ponyboy never gave a thought to the fact that behind the tough Soc exterior...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2016 1:57 pm UTC

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What is the relationship between Cherry and Ponyboy in The Outsiders?

Cherry Valance and Ponyboy go to school together, but they get acquainted when Dally, Pony, and Johnny meet Cherry and Marcia at the movies. Dally starts harassing the girls and Johnny intervenes,...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2017 9:03 am UTC

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What are five metaphors and similes in The Outsiders? 

Early in chapter one, Ponyboy is attempting to tell his readers a little bit about himself. He describes himself, and several members of the Greaser gang. At one point, Pony describes the gang as...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2016 2:20 pm UTC

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In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, what is the meaning of the slang term "a weed?"

The Outsiders is an examination of 1960's youth culture and the effects of peer pressure on young men. Slang has evolved and changed significantly in the decades following the Second World War....

Latest answer posted October 14, 2014 12:16 am UTC

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In The Outsiders, why do Johnny and Ponyboy go to Jay Mountain?

In Chapter 4 of “The Outsiders”, Ponyboy and Johnny “run away” from home and go to the park because Ponyboy got into an argument with his brother Darry. They never intend to actually leave for a...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2009 12:00 pm UTC

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