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“The Most Dangerous Game” . By Richard Connell Page 16. Before Reading, page 16. Quickwrite: Foreshadowing: Prediction: Vocabulary Development:. Vocabulary Development. Do you know the meaning of these vocabulary words? Let’s see!!

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“The Most Dangerous Game”

By Richard Connell

Page 16


Before Reading, page 16

  • Quickwrite:

  • Foreshadowing:

  • Prediction:

  • Vocabulary Development:


Vocabulary Development

  • Do you know the meaning of these vocabulary words? Let’s see!!

  • 1. Does a man with a receding hairline have much hair?

  • 2. Would a disarming leader be able to calm an angry crowd?

  • 3. Would you be displeased if a vacation was prolonged?


Let’s Check!

  • 1. Does a man with a receding hairline have much hair? no

  • 2. Would a disarming leader be able to calm an angry crowd? yes

  • 3. Would you be displeased if a vacation was prolonged? no


Try these!

  • 4. Is it imprudent for bicyclists to wear helmets?

  • 5. Would you admire a person who surmounted a difficulty?

  • 6. Is an easygoing person likely to remain unruffled during a crisis?

  • 7. Would you be surprised if someone who was invariably late arrived halfway through a party?


Let’s Check!

  • 4. Is it imprudent for bicyclists to wear helmets? no

  • 5. Would you admire a person who surmounted a difficulty? yes

  • 6. Is an easygoing person likely to remain unruffled during a crisis? yes

  • 7. Would you be surprised if someone who was invariably late arrived halfway through a party? no


You’re doing great! 

  • 8. If a critic calls a play diverting, did she enjoy it?

  • 9. Would a timid animal often have the impulse to run?

  • 10. Would a careful construction worker leave a nail protruding from a floorboard?


Let’s Check

  • 8. If a critic calls a play diverting, did she enjoy it? yes

  • 9. Would a timid animal often have the impulse to run? yes

  • 10. Would a careful construction worker leave a nail protruding from a floorboard? no


Prediction

  • The island has an evil reputation. What role will it play in the story.

  • Predict the meaning of the title.

  • What are different types of games? What do you think will be the most dangerous “game”?


Character Development

  • What can you infer about General Zaroff based on description, dialogue, and actions?

  • How does the author create suspense during the conversation between Rainsford and Zaroff?

  • What is the conflict between Zaroff and Rainsford?


What can you infer about General Zaroff based on description, dialogue, and actions? Polite, educated, handsome, elegant

How does the author create suspense during the conversation between Rainsford and Zaroff? Z does not tell R what animal he hunts

What is the conflict between Zaroff and Rainsford? R thinks it’s murder; Z thinks it’s just a game of hunting


Plot

  • Where does Zaroff find men to hunt?

  • Analyze why the “game” is unfair?

  • How will Zaroff force Rainsford to hunt?

  • Did Zaroff know Rainsford was in the tree?

  • Why does Zaroff decide to use the hounds?


Where does Zaroff find men to hunt? 1) by chance from the “angry gods”- storm; 2) uses electric current, smashes boat between rocks

Analyze why the “game” is unfair. Z gets pistol, Ivan, dogs; other men get knife

How will Zaroff force Rainsford to hunt? Either hunt or be hunted; gives him 3 days to win; or given to Ivan for beating


Did Zaroff know Rainsford was in the tree? Yes! He looks up the tree, stops before he gets to R, turns and smiles; Z wants another challenge

Why does Zaroff decide to use the hounds? Gets scared that R will win


Falling Action/Resolution

  • p. 34 Is the game over? Who has won?

  • What is the most dangerous game?

  • Who is dead in the end?


p. 34 Is the game over? Who has won? Z. thinks it’s over, but R. still has a trick to outsmart Z.

What is the most dangerous game? humans

Who is dead in the end? Dog, Ivan, Zaroff


Conflict

  • There are MANY conflicts. What is the MAIN conflict?


  • There are MANY conflicts. What is the MAIN conflict?

    Human being vs. human evil


Analyze

  • “The world is made up of two classes- the hunters and the huntees.” What does this quote reveal about Rainsford’s character? Does Rainsford’s attitude about hunting change by the end of the story? How? What does R discover?


Analyze Answer

R loves to hunt. Animals hunt with instinct – not feeling. He is strong and confident. He’s glad he’s the hunter.

He must kill to survive. He has a killer instinct.


Analyze

  • “He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.” What does that mean?


Analyze Answer

  • Zaroff lost the final duel.


Put these in chronological order.

____ Rainsford swims back.

____ Zaroff hunts Rainsford.

____ Whitney warns Rainsford.

____ Zaroff welcomes Rainsford.


Chronological Order

__4__ Rainsford swims back.

__3__ Zaroff hunts Rainsford.

__1__ Whitney warns Rainsford.

__2__ Zaroff welcomes Rainsford.


Plot Diagram

  • Exposition

  • Rising Action

  • Climax

  • Falling Action

  • Resolution/Denoument


Exposition

  • Characters: Rainsford, Whitney, Ivan, Zaroff

  • Setting: Ship Trap Island

  • R. falls off the yacht (boat) and swims to the island


Rising Action

  • R. finds Zaroff’s chateau (large country house)

  • Zaroff explains that he hunts humans- wants R to join him – R says NO!

  • Z hunts R

  • R hides in tree – Z finds, turns, and smiles


Rising Action, cont.

  • Malay man-catcher – injures Z’s shoulder

  • Burmese tiger pit – claims dog

  • ties knife to sapling – kills Ivan


Climax

  • R swims back and hides in Z’s curtains


Falling Action

  • R confronts Z

  • R and Z fight


Resolution / Denoument

  • feeds Z to the hounds

  • R sleeps in Z’s bed


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