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Transcript of The Outsiders
What am I going to be able to do after this unit?
At the end of the chapter Pony says, “I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.” What lie is he specifically referring to? Do we sometimes lie to ourselves as Pony does? Why do you think we do this?
Cherry mentions the “rat race” the Socs feel trapped in: “Did you ever hear of having more than you wanted? So that you couldn’t want anything else and then started looking for something else to want? It seems like we’re always searching for something to satisfy us, and never finding it” (38). To what extant do you find yourself in a “rat race” similar to what Cherry is talking about? What things do you look to for satisfaction?
Pony remembers a poem while he and Johnny are looking at a sunrise. Who wrote the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and what do you think it means? (77).
On page154, Pony says, “Nothing we can do…not for Dally or Johnny or Tim Shepard or any of us…” What does Pony mean by this? Have you ever been in a situation that seemed so hopeless you just wanted to give up? Is there something noble in struggling toward/for something, knowing the chances of a positive outcome are next to impossible?
The Outsiders begins and ends with the same lines. What advice do you think the Pony at the end of the novel would give to the Pony at the beginning? Think about an event in your own life. What advice would you give yourself before the event happened?
Read Ch. 2&3
Read Ch. 4&5
Read Ch. 6&7
Read Ch. 8&9
Read Ch. 10-12
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Provide specific examples from the book to support your ideas about the book.
Explain the major themes of the book and provide a summary of what happened.
Explain how a character changed throughout the book, how they impacted others, and why they were important to the plot.
Explain what certain words mean (especially slang) and how the language impacts the “feel” of the book and helps us understand the character who use that language.
Explain how the author uses foreshadowing and flashback in the book and how it changed how we read/understand the book.
Write for a number of different reasons including: journaling, essays that support text analysis, and essays that convey some information about a topic.
Read Ch. 1
Pony introduces himself to Randy at the end of their conversation in the Mustang (117). What do you think this represents in terms of Pony and Randy's understanding of one another?
- Have you ever had a conversation with someone that completely changed your understanding/opinion of them?
- Do you view a "stranger" differently once you know their name? How so?
"You want to know something...
Things are rough all over."
-? speaking to ?
"Tough vs. Tuff"
"...you get hardened
in jail. I don't want
that to happen to you.
Like it happened to
-? speaking to ?
"Stay gold, Ponyboy.
2. How is Johnny’s mother described (especially her eyes)? What does it mean for Johnny that he refuses to see his mother? Do you think he was right for refusing to see her?
4. We could say that Pony begins to have another premonition when he says he had, “a deathly fear that something was going to happen that none of us could stop” (127). Is this foreshadowing, what do you think might happen?
2. As the Greasers go to the rumble, they chant and sing (136). What kinds of things do they say about themselves? Do they believe these things?
3. What does Two-Bit say when he impersonates a Soc? Does Pony play along? Why or why not?
"And don’t be so bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There’s still lots of good in the world”
-? to ?
Intro to Lit.
3. Johnny tells Dally to leave Cherry and Marcia alone. What does this tell us about Johnny? How does Dally respond and what does his response suggest about him?
4. Hinton gives us a significant bit of foreshadowing as Pony tells Cherry of when Johnny was “jumped” by a group of Socs. What page is this foreshadowing on and what do you think might happen later in the story?
6.Cherry tells Pony that the Socs, “have troubles you’ve never even heard of” (34) and that “things are rough all over” (35). Do you think one group has it rougher than the other? Why?
2. Pony says, “It seemed funny to me that the sunset she [Cherry] saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset” (40, 41). What does the sunset represent? Do you agree with Pony’s new view? Is he being too simplistic? Explain.
5.What do you make of Cherry’s comment to Pony: “…if I see you in the hall at school or someplace and don’t say hi, well, it’s not personal or anything…” (45)? How does Pony respond?
"Next time you want a
broad, pick up yer own
Unit test tomorrow
Take the remaining time to work on your essay questions, or your final paper.
A smile is supposed to be a reassuring expression, indicating happiness and complete absence of angst and danger. If someone's smiling, it means all is well with the world...
...unless it's a Cheshire Cat Grin, which always denotes that someone's in for it.
The Cheshire Cat Grin is an expression made by a Trickster who's up to something, and "something" never bodes well for the person he or she is smiling at. Usually, it involves their total humiliation — occasionally it involves mortal danger.
questions: 2-4 & 6
questions: 3 & 5
2 & 3
15 character matching questions (2pts. ea.)
Short, dark-haired Soc who befriends Two-Bit at the drive-in...
30 multiple choice questions (1pt. ea.)
At the trial, the judge ______________.
A) asked Ponyboy who had killed Bob
B) sentenced Ponyboy to 1 year probation
C) closed the case and everyone was released
D) ruled Ponyboy and Soda must live in a foster home.