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The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Connell

The Most Dangerous Game Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What wins out in the end: instinct or reason? How does Rainsford survive?
  2. Why did Connell make Rainsford an American and Zaroff a Cossack? Is there a political message to this story? 
  3. Should we make anything of Rainsford’s initial attraction to Zaroff? Are the two men similar?
  4. Is the ending conclusive or sort of open? Why? What do you think happens next?
  5. Does everyone follow the rules of the game? Any cheaters there? Do rules count if only one person knows them?
  6. What, ultimately, is “the most dangerous game”? Does "game" refer to the hunted ("game animals"), or to the competition between Rainsford and Zaroff? Or both? Does that change the meaning of the story?
  7. Does Richard Connell appear to condemn hunting or condemn hunting animals—or both?
  8. What purpose does Whitney serve in the story?
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