The Most Dangerous Game



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“The Most Dangerous Game”

Analyzing Sequence in a Story

The writer of a mystery carefully sequences the events of a story to hold the reader’s attention. In “The Most Dangerous Game,” the sequence of each paragraph had been planned to heighten the story’s suspense.

The following sentences from the story are out of sequence. Number each sentence in the order in which it appears. The sentence that appears first in the story should be marked “1.”

___ a. “His eyes made out the shadowy outlines of the palatial chateau; it was set on a high bluff…”

___ b. “‘Don’t talk rot, Whitney,’ said Rainsford. ‘You’re a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?’”

___ c. “Rainsford remembered the shots. They had come from the right, and doggedly he swam in that direction…”

___ d. “A blue gap showed between the trees dead ahead. Ever nearer drew the hounds. Rainsford forced himself on toward that gap.”

___ e. “He was finding the general a most thoughtful and affable host…But there was one small trait of the general’s that made Rainsford uncomfortable.”

___ f. “Rainsford sprang up and moved quickly to the rail, mystified. He strained his eyes in the direction from which the reports had come…”

___ g. “ ‘I’ll give him a trail to follow,’ muttered Rainsford, and he struck off from the rude paths he had been following…”

___ h. “It was a distant sound, faint and wavering, but he knew it. It was the baying of a pack of hounds.”

___ i. “He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.

___ j. “When the general, nursing his bruised shoulder, had gone, Rainsford took up his flight again.”

“The Most Dangerous Game”

Analyzing Sequence in a Story

The writer of a mystery carefully sequences the events of a story to hold the reader’s attention. In “The Most Dangerous Game,” the sequence of each paragraph had been planned to heighten the story’s suspense.

The following sentences from the story are out of sequence. Number each sentence in the order in which it appears. The sentence that appears first in the story should be marked “1.”


___ a. “His eyes made out the shadowy outlines of the palatial chateau; it was set on a high bluff…”

___ b. “‘Don’t talk rot, Whitney,’ said Rainsford. ‘You’re a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?’”

___ c. “Rainsford remembered the shots. They had come from the right, and doggedly he swam in that direction…”

___ d. “A blue gap showed between the trees dead ahead. Ever nearer drew the hounds. Rainsford forced himself on toward that gap.”

___ e. “He was finding the general a most thoughtful and affable host…But there was one small trait of the general’s that made Rainsford uncomfortable.”

___ f. “Rainsford sprang up and moved quickly to the rail, mystified. He strained his eyes in the direction from which the reports had come…”

___ g. “ ‘I’ll give him a trail to follow,’ muttered Rainsford, and he struck off from the rude paths he had been following…”

___ h. “It was a distant sound, faint and wavering, but he knew it. It was the baying of a pack of hounds.”



___ i. “He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.

___ j. “When the general, nursing his bruised shoulder, had gone, Rainsford took up his flight again.”




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