In the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" 1. What has Rainsford set up? 2. What happens to Zaroff when he encounters the trap? 3. What does Zaroff promise Rainsford?

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In the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, the protagonist sets up many traps as he is being hunted on Ship Trap Island by General Zaroff. One of the traps that Rainsford has set up is a "Malay Mancatcher". This trap is mildly successful. "He was upon the thing Rainsford had made before he saw it. His foot touched the protruding bough that was the trigger. Even as he touched it, the general sensed his danger and leaped back with the agility of an ape. But he was not quite quick enough". The Malay Mancatcher injured Zaroff's shoulder as the dead tree came crashing down on him. Zaroff returns to treat the wound, but he promises Rainsford that he would be back. This promise is kept as Rainsford must continue to build traps and evade the pursuing General Zaroff.

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