Figurative Language in The Outsiders


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Why would an author choose to use figurative language to describe characters or events in a story?

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1. In The Outsiders, why does Johnny tell Ponyboy to 'Stay gold?'

2. Which of the following passages is an example of a metaphor?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Author S.E. Hinton frequently uses figurative language in The Outsiders to describe characters and events. These quiz questions will ask you to identify specific examples of figurative language in the novel, as well as why authors use it in writing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked questions about:

  • Why authors use figurative language to describe characters or events
  • The reason Johnny tells Ponyboy to 'stay gold'
  • Examples of metaphors in The Outsiders
  • Personification in The Outsiders
  • The significance of a quote from Ponyboy

Skills Practiced

You'll practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of The Outsiders to identify examples of metaphor and personification in the story
  • Information recall - access information you've gained regarding common uses of figurative language in fiction
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you take away the most important information from the related lesson on figurative language in The Outsiders

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about the use of figurative language in this novel, you can check out the related lesson, Figurative Language in The Outsiders. You'll be taught the following learning objectives:

  • Describe the effect that figurative language in The Outsiders has on the reader
  • Understand the story's use of Robert Frost's poem, Nothing Gold Can Stay
  • Learn about the personification of the policeman's gun spitting fire