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Ask what made The Most Dangerous Game frightening, or was it at all

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Ask what made The Most Dangerous Game frightening, or was it at all

    Ms. Czapski’s Fifth and Sixth Hour Freshman English Classes

    Your Name: ________________________________________________________ Class Hour: ________

Today’s Date (Date Assigned): __________________________ Due Date: __________________________

     “Reading for a Purpose” ~ Richard

    Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game

    DIRECTIONS: (1) Please read each of the following

    questions carefully. (2) Please read Richard Connell’s The

     (in your Elements of Literature Most Dangerous Game

    textbook). (3) Please use complete sentences, which

    include part of the question, to correctly answer each

    question. (4) Please be prepared to discuss theses

    questions with your class.

    1.) Is Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game frightening? Why or why not? ______________________

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    2.) Please use details to describe the setting of The Most Dangerous Game. Note that setting can mean

     physical surroundings as well as a person’s state-of-mind (psychological setting). Consider:

    ; Where is the story set (geographically)?

    ; What kind of island is it?

    ; What are the buildings like?

    ; What is the difference between this island and one like, say, Bermuda?

    ; Would the setting be scary if General Zaroff didn't live on the island?

    ; If the island were inhabited, would the story be as scary?

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    3.) What is the state-of-mind of Rainsford before he lands on the island? What is his state-of-mind after

     he meets the General?

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    4.) How does Rainsford now feel about animals’ feelings? ________________________________________

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    5.) How does the author of The Most Dangerous Game, Richard Connell, frighten the reader without obvious

     violence and bloodshed? Consider how he uses: the feeling of isolation, the setting, the idea of

     power/powerlessness, conflict, suspense, and the idea of control/lack of control.

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6.) Please define “conflict”: _______________________________________________________________

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     What is the conflict of Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game? _____________________________

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7.) What is the climax of Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game? ____________________________

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     What is the resolution of Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game? _________________________

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8.) Please define “foreshadowing”: __________________________________________________________

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     What clues at the start of The Most Dangerous Game foreshadow danger for Rainsford? ______________

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     What details in the physical description of Zaroff foreshadow the truth about his nature? _____________

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    8.) In your opinion, what do you think happens to Zaroff? Do you think Rainsford changes his mind about

     hunting by the end of the story? Please explain your answer.

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    9.) If you were going to direct the movie The Most Dangerous Game, how would you do it? You are going to

     pitch your idea to a big-shot Hollywood producer who will decide if they will fund your movie. If they

     agree to make the movie, you will have an unlimited budget.

    ; Pay particular attention to setting.

    ; How would you make it as frightening as possible?

    ; Who would you cast in the roles?

    ; Where would you shoot it?

    ; How would you shoot it?

    ; Would you have it narrated or would you just have it acted out?

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    Map of Ship Trap Island from Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game

Today’s Date (Date Assigned): __________________________ Due Date: __________________________

Your Group Members’ Names: _____________________________________________________________

    Whether reading for pleasure or information, your ability to closely read for details affects your understanding. This activity is designed to help you analyze information and cooperate

    in producing an accurate visual representation of details. This activity gives you the

    opportunity to share your talents and abilities in the authentic assessment of reading

    comprehension.

    You and your partners will use your knowledge of Richard Connell’s The Most

     to fully create an accurate and detailed map of Ship-Trap Island. Dangerous Game

    On the map you must include a key with NO LESS THAN 10-15 items. You must also

    include color and a compass indicating the directions of north, south, east, and west. Make sure the details you choose to add and their location are correct and reflect an understanding of the story.

    Some possible items to include (these are suggestive, not limiting):

    o Rainsford's path

    o General Zaroff's chateau

    o General Zaroff’s dog kennel and cellar outside of his chateau

    o Death Swamp

    o Zaroff's ship trap (the lights)

    o Big Tree Rainsford climbs to rest

    o Malay man-catcher

    o Burmese Tiger Pit

    o Uganda knife trap

    SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS (what you will be graded on):

    1. Accurate recollection of specific details from the assigned reading.

    2. Your ability to analyze details for their relationship to each other.

    3. Your ability to correctly design a map of the setting of the story, using details. 4. Your ability to justify your design.

    5. Your ability to cooperate with others to reach these objectives

GETTING STARTED (the first thing you and your group MUST do): Read back through the story to

    create a complete and accurate list of all details of the setting. Make notes about these details. Then look through the story once more for any omitted or forgotten details that should go on your maps. Please be prepared to share and explain your completed map with the class, justifying your locations of details.

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