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             “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell (pages 12—28)

Literary Terms: (see the “Handbook of Literary Terms” starting on page 967)
   Conflict: __________________________________________________________________
   External Conflict: ___________________________________________________________
   Internal Conflict: ___________________________________________________________

Reading Skills:
   Visualize: __________________________________________________________________

Vocabulary: (list any words that you do not know/understand)

What is the setting in this story?

Who are the characters in this story (write descriptions)?
   Whitney: __________________________________________________________________
   Sanger Rainsford: __________________________________________________________
   Captain Nelson: ____________________________________________________________
   Ivan: _____________________________________________________________________
   General Zaroff: ____________________________________________________________
Reading Questions: (These questions should go in order of the story, and I’ve spaced them out
over four days.)

Day One: Pages 12—17
1. What do we know about this story’s setting from the first few paragraphs?

2. Where are the two characters going? What are they going to do?

3. How could the discussion of the scary island be foreshadowing?

4. How does Rainsford react during this discussion about the island?

5. What does Rainsford hear off in the blackness?

6. What happens to Rainsford right after this sound?

7. What is the second sound Rainsford hears?

8. What does Rainsford find in the bushes?

9. Whom does Rainsford meet at the door?

10. Why do you think he acts the way he does?

11. What does General Zaroff look like?
Day Two: Pages 18—22
12. What makes Rainsford uncomfortable during dinner?

13. How does General Zaroff know about Rainsford?

14. What does Rainsford think is the most dangerous big “game” (animal to hunt)?

15. What has the General done on the island so that he can hunt?

16. What do you learn about General Zaroff’s life?

17. Why does General Zaroff say hunting began to bore him?

18. What is the difference between animals and humans according to General Zaroff?

19. How does General Zaroff handle this problem he has with hunting?

20. What are the three “attributes of the ideal quarry”?

21. What can you infer is General Zaroff’s new “animal”?

22. When Rainsford realizes what General Zaroff’s new “animal” is, how does he react?

23. How does General Zaroff justify the new “animals” he hunts?

24. What is the name of the General’s island?
25. How does General Zaroff get new “animals” on the island?

26. What are the rules of the “game” (a competition for amusement)?

27. What was Ivan’s previous profession (see footnote)?

28. What does General Zaroff use as security around his house at night?

Day Two: Pages 23—28
29. What does Rainsford wake up to? What can you infer from this sound?

30. To what game does General Zaroff casually compare his game?

31. What can we infer about General Zaroff when he speaks of how much he loved Lazarus, his

32. What is Rainsford’s plan for the game?

33. What happens the next morning?

34. Why does Zaroff smile and blow the smoke ring?

35. How does Rainsford trick the General?

36. How does the General react?
37. What is Rainsford’s second trick?

38. What is the result?

39. What is Rainsford’s third trick?

40. What is the result?

41. How does General Zaroff react when he reaches “the place by the sea”?

42. What is the twist at the end of the story?

43. Do you think this story is believable? Explain your answer.

44. Do you think Rainsford changes his mind about “hunting” by the end of the story?

45. Why do you think the title of the story is “The Most Dangerous Game”?
Literary Devices: (see the “Handbook of Literary Terms” starting on page 967)

A. Metaphor: _________________________________________________________________
B. Simile: _____________________________________________________________________
C. Personification: _____________________________________________________________
D. Alliteration: ________________________________________________________________
E. Onomatopoeia: _____________________________________________________________
F. Imagery: ___________________________________________________________________

_____ 46. It’s like moist black velvet (talking about the dark night).

_____ 47. the swish and ripple of the wash of the propeller

_____ 48. “It’s so dark,” he thought, “that I could sleep without closing my eyes; the night would
          be my eyelids—”

_____ 49. It was like trying to see through a blanket.

_____ 50. swimming with slow, deliberate strokes, conserving his strength

_____ 51. the muttering and growling of the sea

_____ 52. All he knew was that he was safe from his enemy, the sea.

_____ 53. Some wounded thing, by the evidence a large animal, had thrashed about in the
          underbrush; the jungle weeds were crushed down and the moss was lacerated; one
          patch of weeds was stained crimson.

_____ 54. The sea licked greedy lips.

_____ 55. It startled him with its booming loudness.

_____ 56. It opened as suddenly as if it were on a spring.

_____ 57. He was dressed in uniform, a black uniform trimmed with gray astrakhan (curly fur of
          very young lambs).

_____ 58. His eyes, too, were black and very bright. He had high cheekbones, a sharp-cut nose, a
          square, dark face, the face of a man used to giving orders.
       A. Metaphor                        C. Personification               E. Onomatopoeia
        B. Simile                          D. Alliteration                    F. Imagery

_____ 59. It was to a huge, beam-ceilinged bedroom with a canopied bed big enough for six men
          that Rainsford followed the silent giant.

_____ 60. The cigarette gave off a smell like incense.

_____ 61. Giant rocks with razor edges crouch like a sea monster with wide open jaws.

_____ 62. They can crush a ship as easily as I crush this nut.

_____ 63. Their eyes glittered greenly.

_____ 64. through a screen of leaves almost as thick as a tapestry

_____ 65. The Cossack was the cat; he was the mouse.

_____ 66. He forced the machinery of his mind to function.

_____ 67. The muck sucked viciously at his foot as if it were a giant leech.

_____ 68. Like some huge prehistoric beaver, he began to dig.
                               STUDY REMINDERS FOR
                            SHORT STORIES TEST (100 points)

45 points
Plot Questions, Characters, and Following Terms from Study Guides

“Thank You, M’am”
  Inference

“Harrison Bergeron”
 Satire

“The Necklace”
  Omniscient Point of View
  Third-Person Point of View
  Irony
  Summarize

“The Birds”
  Foreshadowing
  Style
  Symbolism
  Predictions

“The Most Dangerous Game”
  Conflict
  External Conflict
  Internal Conflict
  Visualize

31 points
Examples of Literary Devices (matching)
  Simile
  Metaphor
  Personification
  Allusion
  Alliteration
  Onomatopoeia
  Imagery
  Idiom

24 points
Short Answer Responses (pick two questions and write one paragraph for each)

Paragraph Reminders
You must write at least five sentences in a paragraph following this pattern:
   1. Topic Sentence
   2. Detail/Development
   3. Detail/Development
   4. Detail/Development
   5. Concluding Sentence