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By Richard Connell
or on page 11 in the workbook; page 13 in the textbook.

“The Most Dangerous Game”

“The Thrill of the Chase!”


Hunted/Pursuer                      Hunted/Pursued                     Skills/Abilities:  Rank the top five

Draw an arrow to the connect the Hunter                            skills that a person or animal

To the Hunted!                                                                      needs in order to carry out

                                                                                                a successful chase.  Place your

                                                                                                Ranking on the line next to the

                                                                                                Character trait you have chosen.

Detective     deer          ___generosity   ___loyalty               ___determination

Hound         small fish        ___agility          ___organization      ___patience

Shark          criminal          ___stamina       ___cunning

Tiger            fox                ___eloquence   ___moderation

Villain          hero/heroine   ___intelligence___strength


Vocabulary Words to Own:  List one Synonym for the Vocabulary Word (Hint check your textbook!)

Palpable           _______________

Disarming         _______________

Indolently         _______________

amenities          _______________

imprudent         _______________

scruples            _______________

deplorable        _______________


1.                  According to Rainsford, which two classes make up the world? 



2.                  What effect does passing the island have on the crew and on Whitney?



3.                  Describe Whitney’s theory on evil.



4.                  List the character traits that Rainsford’s thoughts in lines 119-121 reveal.



5.                  How does Rainsford try to disarm the menacing giant at the château?



6.                  Why does Zaroff make Rainsford uncomfortable?



7.                  “I had to invent a new animal to hunt,” Zaroff said.  Explain what he means.



8.                  Describe an internal conflict Rainsford experiences before the hunt.



9.                  Describe an external conflict Rainsford experiences on the hunt.



10.              “He was in a picture with a frame of water, and his operations, clearly, must take place within that frame.”



11.              “Rainsford held his breath.  The general’s eyes had left the ground and were traveling inch by inch up the tree.  Rainsford froze there, every muscle tensed for a spring.”  Explain the feelings of Rainsford and Zaroff at this moment.



12.              What three traps did Rainsford use to aid in his escape from Zaroff?



13.              What animals are Rainsford and/or Zaroff compared to in the story?



14.              Explain the significance of the statement, “I am still a beast at bay.”



15.              What is the resolution of the story’s main conflict?  How do you know?


Literary Definition:  Identify the Conflict

External Conflict: No control; a person is struggling against an outside problem or force such as nature.

Internal Conflict:  When a person is fighting to control some inner problem such as anger, fear, or disappointment

__________“For a seemingly endless time he fought the sea.  He began to count his strokes…”

__________ “Hunting tigers ceased to interest me some years ago.  I exhausted their possibilities, you see. No thrill left in

          tigers, no real danger.”

__________“The bed was good and the pajamas of the softest silk, and he was tired in every fiber of his being, but

                      nevertheless Rainsford could not quiet his brain with the opiate (calm) of sleep.”

__________ “The Cossack was the cat; he was the mouse.  Then it was that Rainsford knew the full meaning of terror.”

__________ “Rainsford did not smile. “I am still a beast at bay,” he said, in a low, hoarse voice.  “Get ready, General Zaroff.”

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