Day 2

The Outsiders Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does Johnny kill Bob?

    There is truth in Johnny's assertion that the other Socs might have drowned Ponyboy, but more central is the notion that the gang of Socs was going to hurt both Ponyboy and Johnny "like they did before" to Johnny. In today's parlance, Johnny clearly suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder, given both his abusive parents and the vicious attack he endured four months ago, and this night pushed him beyond the breaking point.

  2. 2

    How does Johnny and Ponyboy's relationship change during their time in the church?

    The two boys have always been close, as two quiet, reflective people in a gang of more active and talkative...

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