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Read this line from The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. It drives my brother Darry nuts when I do stuff like that, 'cause I'm supposed to be smart. This line reveals which type of conflict? 1. a struggle between an individual and another person 2. a struggle between an individual and the environment 3. a struggle between an individual and himself 4. a struggle between an individual and a group of people

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If you are only allowed to pick one of those options, then I would pick the internal man vs. self conflict that is listed. The brief quote shows that both Darry and Ponyboy are struggling with an internal conflict. Darry struggles with his own disappointment in Ponyboy, and Ponyboy struggles with knowing that he is disappointing his brother. There is also an internal struggle there with how Pony views himself. He knows/believes that he is "supposed to be smart," but he also knows/believes that he isn't quite perhaps as smart as others wish him to be. I believe that you could make a case that there is a man vs. man conflict here too. While the conflict isn't a physical conflict that involves fighting, there is a conflict that exists between Darry and Ponyboy. Darry believes that Ponyboy should be acting a certain way, and Ponyboy doesn't always adhere to those beliefs, and that leads to contention between the two brothers.

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