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The Most Dangerous game By Richard Connell
1st stopLine 27 • Describe the conflict between Rainsford and Whitney in 1 or 2 sentences.
2nd stopLine 62 • List 3-4 details about the setting. • What is the one detail about the setting that Rainsford and Whitney keep noticing? Why would the author choose to repeat this detail?
3rd stopLine 104 • What has happened to Rainsford?
4th stopLine 167 • List at least 2 things that Rainsford finds in the jungle that are odd.
5th stopLine 255 • What does General Zaroff look like? Draw a sketch of him on your paper. • What does Rainsford think is odd about General Zaroff? • What kind of game do you think Zaroff hunts?
6th stopLine 335 • What does Zaroff hunt on his island? • Why would he want to hunt an animal that can reason?
7th stopLine 420 • Explain how Zaroff’s game works. Consider these questions: • Where does he get humans to hunt? • When does he hunt them and for how long? • What happens if they refuse to be hunted? • What happens if they win? Lose? • What heads is he referring to at the end of this section? • Go back to our 1st section. What part of the initial conversation between Rainsford and Whitney is relevant now? Explain.
8th stopLine 516 • What does Rainsford have to do in order to leave the island? • Zaroff mentions that the hunting game is like “outdoor chess” (Connell 74). Explain this comparison.
9th stopLine 540 • Read the footnote for “I have played the fox…fable”. Explain this allusion’s significance to the story at this point. Why would it be better to be the cat than the fox?
10th stopLine 575 • How has the tension of the conflict increased at this point?
11th stopLine 632 • Draw a sketch of the trap that Rainsford makes in the Death Swamp. • Will this trap ensnare Zaroff? Why or why not?
12th stopLine 710 • What is the resolution of the story? • Explain the double meaning of the word “game” based on the story.