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1 Short Story Unit English I – Mrs. Frye

2 “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
Cosmopolite A citizen of the world Debacle Failure Zealous Devoted; diligent Affable Friendly Tangible Able to be touched Quarry A cave-like pit Palpable Able to be touched; tangible Amenity A courtesy Condone To allow or overlook Naïve Unsophisticated; lack of knowledge Futile Useless

3 Conflict: the issue or problem in a story
Rainsford (human) vs. Caribbean Sea (nature) This conflict occurs when Rainsford falls off of the boat and struggles to swim to shore against the battling waves of the Caribbean Sea. Rainsford (human) vs. Zaroff (human) This conflict occurs when Rainsford and Zaroff are playing the “game” and Rainsford is being hunted, attempting to save his own life from the crazed Zaroff. Rainsford (human) vs. Rainsford (himself) This conflict occurs when Rainsford has to keep himself calm and outwit Zaroff during the game, not letting his emotions get the best of him and causing him to get caught by Zaroff.

4 Who is the protagonist in the story?
Sanger Rainsford Who is the antagonist in the story? General Zaroff Give an example of a metaphor in the story. “The lights of the yacht became faint and ever-vanishing fireflies.” Give an example of a simile in the story. “His black eyebrows and pointed military mustache were as black as the night from which Rainsford had come.” What is the mood of the story? Suspenseful

5 Who is the narrator of the story?
An outsider What point of view is the story being told from? Third person limited (only know Rainsford’s thoughts) What is the theme of the story? Violence, cruelty and revenge General Zaroff Russian Cossack; sophisticated language; hunter; high cheekbones; sharply defined nose; pointed mustache; savage. Sanger Rainsford Falls off boat; intelligent; experienced hunter; level-headed.

6 What is meant by “He lived a year in a minute”?
Ivan Zaroff’s guard; huge; mute; waist-length beard; black uniform Whitney Rainsford’s friend; compassionate about emotions Neilsen Captain of the yacht What is meant by “He lived a year in a minute”? Time flew by because it was such a suspenseful atmosphere as Rainsford waited for Zaroff to hunt him. What is meant by “I am still a beast at bay”? Rainsford is still going to fight Zaroff though the game is “over.”

7 In which sea has Connell set Ship-Trap island?
The Caribbean Sea How is Zaroff able to finance his lifestyle? By investing in American investments If Rainsford wins the hunt, what does Zaroff promise him? He’ll let him go and continue his hunt for jaguars What happened to Lazarus? He sunk in quicksand and died Where does Rainsford spend the first night of his hunt? In a tree How many acres did Zaroff’s father have in the Crimea? Quarter of a million acres

8 Why does Zaroff suggest Rainsford wear moccasins?
They hide footprints better What caused Rainsford to believe Zaroff knew he was hiding in the tree? Do you think he was right? Give reasons. Because he stopped, smiled and blew smoke. Yes, he knew but didn’t attack because he wanted a “better” hunt How does Zaroff stock his island with “game”? He allows the rocks to wreck ships (Ship-Trap Island) What happened to General Zaroff at the end of the story? Rainsford kills him. Despite being hurt, Zaroff congratulates Rainsford on his “Malay-Mancatcher.” Why? Because it was well-made and unique, but he has been to Malacca and seen them so it wasn’t new to him. How do we know Rainsford is an exceptionally fit man? He can pull himself out of pits, build traps and run/swim long lengths.

9 Due: Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Ship-Trap Island Map Due: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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