Day 3

The Outsiders Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What do these chapters reveal about Dally and Johnny's relationship?

    Ponyboy often mentions that Johnny sees Dally as a hero, and that's proven true over the course of the book. However, it's clearer and clearer that Dally considers his relationship with Johnny essential. He seems to feel that it is his role to protect Johnny, that he wants to prevent Johnny from enduring what he has endured. The intensity with which Dally leaves the hospital after Johnny's death demonstrates these feelings of connection and responsibility.

  2. 2

    How have Ponyboy's perceptions of Cherry changed during the book?

    When Ponyboy first met Cherry, he was amazed by how well...

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