Week 3–Literary Analysis and “Alternate Ending” Essay

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IF YOU WERE ABSENT FRIDAY–

First we missed you! Second, go ahead and finish the last six pages of the story at this link– “The Most Dangerous Game” (we had left off around page 9)

So this week we finished “The Most Dangerous Game,” by Richard Connell. It is such a great short story!!! I can think of 2 essays off the top of my head that I would like to write about it, myself, right now. 🙂

We will not have school this Friday, so hang onto this weeks work and turn it in with next weeks work, on October 7. This week you will have two journals, more literary terms definitions, a new grammar activity, a bunch of literary analysis questions, and an essay. I still don’t think you will be overwhelmed.

Make sure you begin working on your essay this Monday, so you have time to come up with ideas, plan it out, write it, revise it, and edit it!

“Alternate Ending” Essay

In the morning, Rainsford wakes up in Zaroff’s comfortable bed. What happened? What happens next? Write a semi-sequel to Rainsford’s adventure. Does he stay on Ship-Trap Island? Does he turn it into a theme park? Does he go home with a new taste for danger? Is he disgusted by hunting all together? Does General Zaroff manage to come up with yet another surprise? You might let Rainsford tell his own story, using “I.”

  • If you are in Jr. High please write 1 1/2 to 2 pages of creative and detailed writing.
  • If you are in High School, please write 2-4 pages of creative and detailed writing.
  • This essay must be typed and properly formatted– MLA format, 12 point font, Ariel or Times New Roman, double spaced, 1 inch margins, with a proper heading. If you are new to my class or need a refresher, click on the following link, read my information, and watch a short video “How To Format an Essay.”

“Alternate Ending” Essay Grading Rubric:

  • Format–A big part of your grade, will be proper formatting. I want you to learn how to do basic MLA formatting right away. (30/30 points possible)
  • Creativity–I want you to think and come up with a good alternate ending. I want to enjoy reading it. (40/40 points possible)
  • Details–I am looking for sensory details (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell). I want you to use ADJECTIVES and ADVERBS to make your writing exciting. (30/30 points possible)

Notice–If you get the format wrong, your grade may drop to a “C”

Monday-

  • “Alternate Ending” Essay –the assignment requirements are above. (If you are new to my class or you need a review, read How to Format Your Essay, and watch the video)
  • Journal 5
  • Literary Terms Project notes (Point of View to Third Person Limited Narrator)
  • Grammar Week 3–Appositives
  • Reread Psalm 10 from last week, and leave a comment below with one of the verses that you think goes best with this story, “The Most Dangerous Game”

Tuesday

  • Literary Response and Analysis Questions Questions 1-8 (bottom of page). Just so you know I want complete sentences and well thought out answers. Don’t just go through the motions. 🙂
  • Literary Terms Project notes (First Person Narrator-Unreliable Narrator)
  • Grammar week 3–Appositives
  • Journal 6
  • Work on Essay

Wednesday

  • Finish Literary Response and Analysis Questions
  • Please do the activities on the last page of the short story handout (reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, prefixes, etc.)
  • Work on Essay
  • Literary Terms Project Notes (Setting-Local Color)

Thursday

Friday–

  • No Friday School. So you have an extra day to work on your assignments at home. I know you have a lot of work to do, so this is a little gift for you 🙂
  • Pack your work from this week in your backpack–Literary Terms Notebook, The Most Dangerous Game Worksheet, Literary Response and Analysis Questions, Poetry of Music Analysis, “Alternate Ending” Essay, Grammar Week 3 Worksheet

Literary Response and Analysis Questions

1. Fill out a story map like the one below to review the plot of this famous chase story:

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2. What two different meanings can game refer to? What two different meanings can there be for the title? What is the most dangerous game?

3. To hook our curiosity, writers drop clues that foreshadow what is going to happen later in a story.

  • What clues at the start of the story foreshadow danger for Rainsford?
  • How does Rainsford and Whitney’s discussion about hunting at the start of the story foreshadow later developments?
  • What details in the physical description of Zaroff foreshadow the truth about his nature?

4. In your opinion, what happens to Zaroff? Do you think Rainsford changes his mind about hunting by the end of the story? Explain.

5. Compare and contrast the characters of Rainsford and Zaroff. Fill out a Venn diagram like the one below, listing the characteristics of each man in his circle. In the center, list the characteristics the two men share.

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6. Think a minute about a villain from a movie or a book that fascinates you. How does General Zaroff compare with that evil character?

7. Do the characters in this story make some comments that you have strong opinions about? Be sure to evaluate Zaroff’s opinion about hunting men (the weak vs. the strong).

8. Think about Zaroff’s civilized tastes and his favorite game. Do Zaroffs–people whose refined manners mask their true nature–exist in real life? Explain.

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15 thoughts on “Week 3–Literary Analysis and “Alternate Ending” Essay

  1. Hi ummm well first I don’t know how the story ends sooo yeaaaa, and with the handout I don’t have the rest of it because I wasn’t there last Friday and I can’t do Wednesdays work soooo……..

    1. That is right!!! I told your mom I would send you a link to the ending. It isn’t that long Mitchell. You can do it.

      Here is a link to the story– “The Most Dangerous Game” We are halfway through page nine. And as far as the handout pages, don’t worry. We can talk about them when you get back.

  2. I think Psalm 6-10 goes best with the story The Most Dangerous Game.

    He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
    His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; like a lion and cover he lies in wait. He and lies and read to catch the helpless;he catches the helpless and drag in his net. His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.

  3. 8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
    In the secret places he murders the innocent;
    His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
    9 He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den;
    He lies in wait to catch the poor;
    He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.
    10 So he crouches, he lies low,
    That the helpless may fall by his strength.
    11 He has said in his heart,
    “God has forgotten;
    He hides His face;
    He will never see.”

    These verses are the ones that I thought related best to “The Most Dangerous Game.”

  4. “like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
    He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.” – Psalm 10;9.

    I chose this verse to go with The Most Dangerous Game.

  5. The verse that I think goes best with “The Most Dangerous Game”, is Psalm 10:6. He says to himself “No one will ever shake me” he swears,”No one will ever do me harm.”

  6. I think this verse mostly describes”The Most Dangerous Game” is. ” His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
    He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
    His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
    He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
    His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength”. Psalms 10: 7-10


  7. He lies in wait near the villages;
        from ambush he murders the innocent.
    His eyes watch in secret for his victims;

        like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
    I think those ^ verses apply most to “The Most Dangerous Game”.

  8. 4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
    5 His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by[b] him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
    6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

    I think these verses describe the book. 🙂

  9. “Like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
    He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    He catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.”

    This verse describes the book the best imo

  10. 8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
    In the secret places he murders the innocent;
    His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless

    I think that this verse goes best with “The Most Dangerous Game”.

  11. (JACOB) psalm 10:9 Like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless;he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
    (Jacob):this verse describes general zaroff.

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