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Making Inferences and Conflict: "The Most Dangerous Game"
Transcript of Making Inferences and Conflict: "The Most Dangerous Game"
by Richard Connell
Always wanted to be a writer
Studied at Harvard
Successful editor and screenwriter
Nominated for Academy Awards twice
What does it mean to be the hunter? The hunted?
What are the implications for both?
How does Rainsford's attitude about hunting differ from Whitney's?
Could this be foreshadowing? Why?
logical assumptions about information or ideas that are not directly stated
Based on details from the text.
How is making inferences different from making predictions?
With what external conflict is Rainsford suddenly confronted?
(Man vs. ____________)
Did he choose this conflict?
What inferences does Rainsford make
based on the evidence of pistol shots?
How is Rainsford's identity reinforced through this inference?
What questions might be running through Rainsford's mind during this conversation with Zaroff?
Explain how Rainsford's discomfort is both internal and external conflict.
What does Rainsford eventually discover about Zaroff?
pg. 227, Decorations
How did Zaroff decorate his Dining Hall?
What have we learned about the way Zaroff feels toward his prey?
What kind of heads do you think Zaroff wants to show Rainsford? Explain.
Rainsford repeats "I must keep my nerve." Does this imply internal or external?
Who seems to be winning throughout the hunt?
When Rainsford leaps into the sea, what kind of inference does the author cause you to make?
What important detail does Rainsford see before he jumps? What inference can you make?
This realization is called a what?
Why do you think poise and self control are highly respected traits?
Identify the types of conflict and explain their importance in the short stories.
Make inferences and predictions using prior knowledge and asking questions.
Is conflict necessary?
a character grapples with his own opposing feelings, beliefs, needs, or desires
A struggle between opposing forces
a character struggles against an outside force
sudden flash of insight
The conflict remains, but the character's feelings about it change.
(Man vs. Man, Man vs. Power Greater than Self, Man vs. Nature)
How is the conflict resolved?
Is conflict necessary to a story?