How does questioning the text help improve your understanding of implicit situations in the story?

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Implicit situations or phrases in the text are those which are not directly expressed to the reader and so the reader must imply what is happening. Questioning the text is a reading strategy in which the reader asks himself questions as he reads. Why do things happen in this order? Why did the author choose to present certain characters at certain times? Why did the author choose to make a particular description? Questioning the text is almost like having a conversation with yourself about what you have already read. Proficient readers will think about what they have read and that is what questioning the text helps us to do. 

Specifically for Most Dangerous Game I might ask myself things like, "Why does Rainsford of all people end up on Ship Trap Island that night? He's one of the greatest hunters in the world so perhaps this foreshadows the fall of Zaroff and his game because it would take one of the best to beat one of the best." Perhaps I would ask myself, "Did Rainsford really jump to his death? If he did then Zaroff's game will continue. If he didn't how might he have out-thought Zaroff?" A reader can ask any questions that come to mind as they are reading, but they must always go back and answer them later so that a deeper understanding of the text is achieved. Perhaps you can try writing down the questions as they come to you. 

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