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Name: ______________ Date: _______________ Homeroom: ___________ ENGLISH CELEBRATION OF KNOWLEDGE Unit 1 THE OUTSIDERS

Section I - Passage Analysis Directions: Read the following passage from The Outsiders and answer the multiple choice questions that follow. It was only last night that Dally and I had sat down behind those girls at the Nightly Double. Glory, I thought with a bewildering feeling of being rushed, things are happening too quick. Too fast. I figured I couldnt get into any worse trouble than the murder. Johnny and I would be hiding for the rest of our lives. Nobody but Dally would know where we were, and he couldnt tell anyone because hed get jailed again for giving us that gun. If Johnny got caught, theyd give him the electric and if they caught me, Id be sent to a reformatory. Id heard about reformatories from Curly Shepard and I didnt want to go to one at all. So wed have to be hermits for the rest of our lives, and never see anyone but Dally. Maybe Id never see Darry or Sodapop again. Or even TwoBit or Steve. I was in the country, but I knew I wasnt going to like it as much as I thought I

would. There are things that are worse than being a greaser. 1. Reread the sentence from the paragraph in the box below. Glory, I thought with a bewildering feeling of being rushed, things are happening too quick. What is the meaning of the word bewildering as it is used in the sentence? a. b. c. d. exciting confusing joyful overwhelming

2. Reread the sentence from the paragraph in the box below. So wed have to be hermits for the rest of our lives, and never see anyone but Dally.

What is the meaning of the word hermits as it is used in the sentence? a. b. c. d. loners murderers crabs heroes

3. Reread the last sentence of the passage. What does Ponyboy think is, worse than being a greaser? a. b. c. d. Spending time with Dally. Going to a reformatory Never seeing his friends or brothers again. Getting his haircut and bleached.

4. According to the passage, why cant Dally tell anyone where Johnny and Ponyboy are? a. b. c. d. He will get the electric chair. He will get sent to a reformatory. He will go to jail for giving them a gun. Darry will be angry.

Section II Language Styles of Characters Directions: Read the following passage from The Outsiders, paying close attention to the language used in the dialogue and answer the multiple choice and short answer questions that follow in complete sentences.
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One had short dark hair, and the other had long red hair. The redhead was getting mad, or scared. She sat up straight and she was chewing hard on her gum. The other one pretended not to hear Dally. Dally was getting impatient. He put his feet up on the back of the redheads chair, winked at me, and beat his own record for saying something dirty. She turned around and gave him a cool stare. Take your feet off my chair and shut your trap. Boy, she was good-looking. Id seen her before; she was a cheerleader at our school. Id always thought she was stuck-up.

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Dally merely looked at her and kept his feet where they were. Whos gonna make me? The other one turned around and watched us. Thats the greaser that jockeys for the Slash J sometimes, she said, as if we couldnt hear her. I had heard the same tone a million times: Greasergreasergreaser. Oh yeah, I had

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heard that tone before too many times. What are they doing at a drive-in without a car? I thought, and Dallas said, I know you two. Ive seen you around rodeos. Its a shame you cant ride bull half as good as you can talk it, the redhead said coolly and turned back around. That didnt bother Dally in the least. You two barrel race, huh?
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Youd better leave us alone, the redhead said in a biting voice, or Ill call the cops. Oh, my my Dally looked bored youve got me scared to death. You ought to see my record sometime, baby. He grinned slyly. Guess what Ive been in for? Please leave us alone, she said. Why dont you be nice and leave us alone? Dally grinned roguishly. Im never nice. Want a Coke? She was mad by then. I wouldnt drink it if I was starving in the desert. Get lost, hood! Dally merely shrugged and strolled off.

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1. Based on line 6, what is the redheads attitude toward Dally? a. She really likes him. b. She is frustrated with him. c. She is confused by him. d. She thinks he is stuck-up. 2. Why does Dally kick her chair? ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ 3. Find an example that shows Dally is interested in the redhead. How does the S.E. Hinton use language to accomplish this? ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ 4. Based on the selection, which of the following best explains the narrators attitude toward the redhead? a. He thinks she is rude and obnoxious. b. He thinks she is kind and thoughtful. c. He always thought she was sweet, but now sees her as mean. d. He used to think she was a snob, but he likes her.

Section III Resolution of Conflict Directions: Choose either Johnny or Ponyboy. Create a compare/contrast brainframe about their involvement in the fire at the church. Identify actions that could be thought of as bold and others that can be thought of as courageous.

BOLD

COURAG EOUS

Directions: Using evidence from your brainframe, decide whether Johnny or Ponyboy was bold or courageous and write a paragraph (4 5 sentences) explaining your opinion.
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GRADING RUBRIC: 4 Writes in complete sentences, provides 3-4 examples from the text to support answer and takes a stance on whether the character was bold or courageous. 3 Writes in complete sentences, provides 2-3 examples from the text to support answer and takes a stance. 2 Writes partially in complete sentences, provides 1-2 examples from text to support answer and does not take a stance. 1 0

Does not Does not write in write a complete paragraph. sentences and provides 0-1 examples from the text to support answer.