Here is a mostly Chapter by Chapter Study Guide for SE Hinton's novel, The Outsiders. The guide includes multiple questions on religious imagery as well as Hinton's frequent use of animal imagery.
The Outsiders Study Guide by Christopher
This is a quick Literature and composition guide for middle school and high school students.
What I have done is copy this onto 11 by 17 paper so that it will fold into a booklet that can be hole-punched and placed into the students' notebooks.