The Interlopers Questions and Answers
In "The Interlopers," how does the natural setting, particularly the fallen tree, affect Ulrich and Georg?
Saki writes, “Georg, who was blinded with the blood which trickled across his eyes, stopped his struggling for a moment to listen, and then gave a short, snarling laugh.” Symbolically, what is interesting about this line?
Write down one story element that foreshadows the story’s tragic ending. You must write the complete sentence in which the foreshadowing element occurs. Then, explain why you believe this is, in fact, a good example of foreshadowing.
In "The Interlopers," what is surprising and ironic about the ending? What did you expect to happen and what actually happened? What type of irony is this?
"The Interlopers" ends with the men becoming friends after being lifelong enemies. Do they then get killed by the wolves?
At the beginning of "The Interlopers," what is Ulrich's wish? Does it come true? What's ironic about this?
In "The Interlopers," what brought the two men out into the disputed territory that night? What happened to them?
In "The Interlopers," when the men first spot each other, why don't they immediately kill one another?
What motivates Ulrich's change of heart, and does this change reflect internal or external conflict in "The Interlopers"?
Some people say that there is a fine line between friendship and enmity. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain using evidence from the text.
What message might Saki be sending to the reader about Mother Nature in the short story "The Interlopers"?
How does the setting bring about changes in the conflict between Ulrich and Georg in "The Interlopers" by Saki?
How would "The Interlopers" be different if it was told from the points of view of Ulrich and Georg?
What inferences do you think Saki intended readers to make about the characters of Ulrich and Georg?
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