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Short Story Unit:

Survival - Story:  “The Most Dangerous Game " by Richard Connell

- Pre-reading Journal Reflection (Think-Pair-Share):

In the face of danger, humans instinctively react with "fight or flight."
Can you think of a time when you were in a dangerous situation?
Can you recall that last time your stared fear in the face?
What happened? How did you overcome your fear?
Can you imagine a situation that would make you fearful?

What are the similarities and differences between humans and animals?
Do humans and animals have the same rights?
Are all humans equal in dignity and worth?

What does the word civility mean? What are some example of civility in action?
What does the word evil mean? What acts rise to the level of evil?

Instructional Purpose (IP):  “Why am I Reading This?”



Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, notes that "The Most Dangerous Game"

was a major inspiration for her books and The Hunger Games movies.






  1. How does the portrayal of General Zaroff as a curious mixture of civility and cruelty contribute to the moral complexity of Connell's story? Provide examples from the story that illustrate Zaroff's civil and cruel nature (expressed in his beliefs and/or actions); offer an interpretation of Connell's thematic purpose in presenting his readers with the curious General Zaroff.


2. Defend or refute the following statement: Rainsford's response to conflict and danger reveals his development as a dynamic character in Connell's story. Provide examples from the story that illustrate how Rainsford's beliefs about hunting (expressed in his conversations with Whitney and/or Zaroff) are challenged (changed?) by his experiences on Ship-Trap Island; offer an interpretation of Connell's purpose in presenting his readers with the final encounter between Rainsford and Zaroff in the Chateau.