Foreshadowing in The Outsiders


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Which of the following is an example of foreshadowing from The Outsiders?

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1. Why did Johnny start carrying a switchblade in The Outsiders?

2. What was Ponyboy doing when he wondered what it was like in a burning ember in The Outsiders?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Foreshadowing is a literary device that can be used to leave hints for the reader about future events. This quiz takes a look at several major events in S.E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders and how they may have been foretold by the author.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Johnny's reasons for carrying a switchblade
  • Examples of foreshadowing
  • Ponyboy's inner musings
  • Dally's encounter with the police

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - verify that you have a grasp of the most important information from the related lesson on The Outsiders
  • Information recall - reference information from earlier parts of the novel to interpret later major events
  • Making connections- use understanding of the concept of foreshadowing to understand examples of it

Additional Learning

To learn more about the use of this literary device, take a look at the lesson titled Foreshadowing in The Outsiders. You can review these objectives for more information:

  • Review Johnny's conflict with the Socs
  • Discuss the significance of the burning church
  • Examine the details of Dally's death