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Who is the author

Richard Connell

Who is Whitney

Rainsford's friend and hunting partner

Who is Rainsford

a famous hunter


able to be touched or felt

What is the setting

the Caribbean Sea


the second-largest river in the world, in Brazil

What is the name of the island

Ship-Trap Island

How do sailors feel about "Ship-Trap Island"?

it is dangerous and has bad luck

What two classes of people does Rainsford say the world is made up of

hunters and huntees

Who is Nielson

the captain of the yacht they are sailing on

To what does Whitney compare the sea

a plate-glass window

What is the genre of the story and define the genre


At the beginning of the story, what time of day is it




After Whitney went to sleep, what did Rainsford hear in the blackness


What happens to cause Rainsford to fall overboard

he stands on the rail and loses his balance

In what direction did Rainsford swim and why

to the right, because that was where the gunshots were from

While he was swimming, what sound did Rainsford hear, how did he describe it and what sound followed it

a scream, the sound of an animal in an extremity of anguish and terror, a gunshot

After the scream and then then gunshot, what happened to Rainsford

he reached land

Where did Rainsford fall asleep and what time did he awake

at the jungle edge, late in the afternoon

What two things did he feel when he awoke

vigor and hunger

What path did Rainsford follow and why

the shore because it was easier

Describe the scene he came upon and what he found

he found an empty gun cartridge

What gauge was the cartridge

a .22

flushed his quarry

drove it into the open

What type of print did he find on the ground


As night began to settle, what did Rainsford see


What did he think the lights coming from and where were they really coming from

a village, a chateau

palatial chateau

a luxurious mansion


a trick of the mind


a distorted beast projecting on a building

What sound did the gargoyle knocker make when he lifted it up and then let it fall

booming loudness

Describe the appearance of the man who opened the door and what he was holding

gigantic, solid, black-bearded to the waist, a gun

What is Rainsford's first name and where was he from

Sanger, from New York

After Rainsford introduced himself, what did the giant man do

cocked his revolver

who came down the steps of the chateau

General Zaroff


weird, disturbing

Describe Zaroff's appearance

handsome, but with a bizarre quality

What is the giant man's name


What did Zaroff know about Rainsford

he published a book about hunting snow leopards in Tibet

What medical condition did Ivan have

mute and deaf

What was Ivan's ethnicity


what did Zaroff invite Rainsford to do and where did Ivan take him and what did he give him

dine, the bedroom, a suit

What rank of nobility did the London tailor serve

None below a duke

What hung on the walls of the dining room

mounted heads


a Russian beet soup

Which trait of the general made Rainsford uncomfortable

he was always studying him

What is Zaroff's one passion in life



member of a people from southern Russia

How does the discussion about the type of game create suspense

Zaroff kept evading the question about what he hunted


region in southwestern Russia along the Black Sea


mountain range in southern Russia


bad defeat

What was Zaroff's job in Russia


Why was Zaroff rich when he left Russia

he invested in American securities

What did Zaroff feel after killing jaguars in the Amazon


Why had hunting ceased to be a "sporting proposition"

there was nothing he couldn't kill

What was his great idea about what to hunt


What does Zaroff think are the attributes of an ideal quarry

it needs to be able to reason

What are Rainsford's and Zaroff's opposing views on Zaroff's ideal quarry?

Rainsford found the idea appalling




misgivings about something someone feels os wrong

What does Zaroff think is the purpose of the "weak"

to give the strong pleasure

How does Zaroff justify his sport

"a thoroughbred horse or hound is worth more than a score of them"


Oriental sailors

mid-Victorian point of view

a view emphasizing proper behavior

How does Zaroff get his men

destroys their ships

What did Zaroff have in his basement

captive men

How did he treat his "visitors"

every consideration


in a mild and soothing manner

How does Zaroff tell the men to start the hunt

he suggests to them that they go hunting

What does he give the men at the beginning of the hunt

food, knife, and three-hours start

What happens to a man if he refuses to be hunted

he turns him over to Ivan


someone who beats criminals with a leather whip


stubborn, violent person

What did Zaroff use when one of the men almost won the hunt


Folies Bergere

musical theater in Paris

After Zaroff goes out to hunt, what does Rainsford do and how is he feeling

goes to bed, tired

What color eyes did the dogs have


What did Rainsford hear just as the morning began to come


when Zaroff appears at lunch what does he complain about


What does Rainsford ask of Zaroff and what is Zaroff's response

to leave the island, that they will go hunting

What does Zaroff say will be the terms of his defeat and what will he do for Rainsford

if he does not find him by midnight on the third day, he will let him leave

What does Zaroff ask of Rainsford if Rainsford wins

to not tell anyone of his visit here



What is the conflict in the story

between Rainsford and Zaroff


Zaroff's finest dog

What does Zaroff tell Rainsford to wear


What does Zaroff tell Rainsford to avoid

the swamp on the southeast of the island

When does Zaroff say he will come out to hunt Rainsford


What was Rainsford's state of mind when he began to be hunted and what was his initial strategy




What did he see was "futile"

running in a straight line

What did he decide to do to elude Zaroff

give him a tough trail to follow

What did he execute and why

a series of intricate loops, to confuse Zaroff

After executing his plan, what did Rainsford need to do

hide from Zaroff

Where did Rainsford rest

in a tree

Did Rainsford actually fall asleep


What focused Rainsford's attention in the morning and what did he see

the cry of a bird, Zaroff coming toward him

What did Zaroff do and to what did Rainsford compare him

follow his trail, the devil

What prevented Rainsford from jumping on Zaroff

Zaroff held a small automatic pistol

What did Zaroff take out and do and what did he do with his eyes and then his mouth

a pipe and smoke, his eyes traveled up the tree but not reaching Rainsford, and he smiled

What did Rainsford realize after Zaroff left

Zaroff was playing with him

What did Rainsford do after he realized that Zaroff had discovered his whereabouts

he went off again into the woods

What idiom does the author use to describe Rainsford and Zaroff

a cat playing with a mouse

What did Rainsford make to trap Zaroff and what was the specific result

a Malay mancatcher, but it only grazed Zaroff's arm

What did Zaroff do after he was injured and what did Rainsford then do

laughed, ran off again

That night, what obstacle did Rainsford run into and why was it an obstacle

the swamp on the island, quicksand

What does "dug himself in in France" mean

fought in World War I

Which was more difficult? Digging in in France or digging a pit in the soft mud of Death Swamp

digging in Death Swamp

Where on his body was the mud when he finished digging the pit

his shoulders

What did he place at the bottom of the pit

sharpened stakes

With what did he cover the mouth of the pit

a carpet of weeds and branches

Where did he then hide

behind the stump of a tree

What made him aware that Zaroff was coming

he heard footsteps

What was unusual about the way in which it appeared that Zaroff was coming

he was moving quickly

What was the name of Rainsford's trap

Burmese tiger pit

What did he actually catch in his trap

one of Zaroff's dogs

As he peered in the pit, what was Zaroff holding

a flashlight

What did Zaroff do after the death of his hunting dog and what challenge did offer Rainsford

congratulated him, that he would face against the whole pack

What adjective did Zaroff use to describe the evening


What awakened Rainsford at dawn and what emotion did he feel

the baying of hounds, fear

What did Rainsford initially feel were his two choices and what would be he results of both options

stay, suicide; run, prolonging the inevitable

What did he decide to do


When he reached the ridge, what did he see (people and animals)

Zaroff, Ivan and the dogs

Rainsford remembered a trick from what country


Describe the trick

where he bends a sapling and attaches a knife to it, and the knife springs up and kills the unlucky person

What did he literally do after he set up his trick

he ran for his life

What told Rainsford that the hounds had reached the knife

the baying of the hounds stopped

What did he do to be able to see the success or failure of his trick and what did he see

climbed a tree, that the knife killed Ivan

What showed between the trees and what was it

a blue gap, the sea

How far below him was the sea

twenty feet

What did he do

jumped into the sea

When Zaroff reached the spot where Rainsford had jumped, what 5 things did he do

stopped, shrugged, sat down, took a drink of brandy, hummed a tune from Madame Butterfly

What two drinks did Zaroff have with his dinner that evening

Pol Roger, Chambertin

What were his two annoying thoughts

it would be difficult to replace Ivan, that his quarry escaped

What did he believe that Rainsford had failed to do

play the game

What did Zaroff read after dinner

the works of Marcus Aurelius

Who is Marcus Aurelius

Roman emperor and philosopher

What time did he go up to his bedroom


What did call down to the hounds

Better luck another time

When Zaroff turned on the light what did he see


Where had Rainsford been hiding

in the bedcurtain

How did Rainsford get to the chateau


What does Zaroff tell Rainsford about the game

he won

What do you think Connell infers about what Rainsford did to Zaroff

he killed him



What is Rainsford's last thought before falling asleep

he never slept in a better bed

What is a context clue

a clue to something in the passage

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