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Explain the rules of the hunt in "The Most Dangerous Game."

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In "The Most Dangerous Game," protagonist Sanger Rainsford goes from being a professional hunter to a huntee after an unfortunate yachting accident. At dinner with General Zaroff, Rainsford is given a list of rules and instructions for the upcoming hunt where he will become the hunted animal. Rainsford is terrified, but he has no choice in the matter. He must play.

After Zaroff reveals the competition in his dastardly game, he explains how the game works. He tells Rainsford that he preps his huntees in an underground "training school" to ensure they are up for the challenge, but since Rainsford is a pro, that won't be necessary.

When Zaroff is ready to play, he gives his competition food and a hunting knife. Zaroff then gives the huntee a three-hour head start. They can move about the entire island. After the time limit expires, Zaroff will follow using "a pistol of the smallest caliber and range." If the huntee can stay alive for three days, he wins. However, if Zaroff finds the huntee first, the huntee loses. It's implied that the huntee will be killed on site.

Zaroff also explains that he does offer his opponents a choice. They can either play the game or they are turned over to Ivan who will beat them. Anyone who ends up on Zaroff's island is doomed to play this game, but Rainsford, with his significant hunting background, is able to defeat the delusional Zaroff and win.

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