Case #2

You are trying to determine whether or not Johnny killed Bob as an act of self-defense to save Ponyboy.


1. First, define the following words in your worksheet:

  • defense

  • acquitted

  • jury

  • trial

  • offender

  • crime


2. Then, visit the following websites and take notes on what you learn. Read about the differences between self-defense and murder. Do you think self-defense is a fair argument to kill someone? Put yourself in Johnny’s shoes, would you kill in self-defense? Would you kill to save one of your friends?


3. Finally, use evidence from your research and from the novel to prove:

  • Prosecution: Johnny did not kill in self-defense

  • Defense: Johnny did kill in self-defense

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