English 9 Mrs. Sharp name: period: “The Most Dangerous Game” Vocabulary Practice Synonyms and Antonyms Below are ten word pairs. The first word in each pair is a vocabulary word. For each numbered pair, write S in the blank if the second word in the pair is a synonym of the vocabulary word or A if the word is an antonym. You may use a dictionary or a thesaurus for this activity. 1. _____ receding : advancing 2. _____ disarming : threatening 3. _____ prolonged : abbreviated 4. _____ imprudent : unwise 5. _____ surmounted : overcame 6. _____ unruffled : calm 7. _____ invariably : constantly 8. _____ diverting : boring 9. _____ impulse : urge 10._____ protruding : jutting Question and Answer Answer the following questions, and use context clues in your explanation to show that you understand the meanings of the italicized vocabulary words. If you use the vocabulary word in your response, underline it. EXAMPLE: Was Rainsford imprudent when he stood up on the rail in the dark? Explain. Yes, Rainsdford was imprudent because it was an unwise and dangerous thing to do, and he fell overboard. 1. Was Ivan’s behavior toward Rainsford disarming? Explain. 2. Which character remained unruffled throughout most of the game? Explain. 3. Had other men surmounted General Zaroff’s obstacles? Explain. 4. Why did other men invariably choose to play the general’s game? Explain. 5. Did General Zaroff believe that his game was diverting? Explain. 6. What do you think Rainsford would have done if, on the edge of the cliff, he heard the receding sounds of the hounds? Explain. 7. How do you think Rainsford and Zaroff would’ve fared if the “game” were prolonged to a month of hunting? Who do you think would have won? Explain. 8. If you were faced with playing Zaroff’s “game,” what would be your first impulse? Explain. 9. In your opinion, what was either Rainsford’s or Zaroff’s most imprudent move in the “game”? Explain. 10. What do you think Zaroff would have done if he had seen Rainsford’s foot protruding from his hiding place in the tree on the first night of the hunt? Explain.