What are some areas of suspense in "The Most Dangerous Game"?What are four different areas of suspense?

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Suspense and conflict are immediately established in the opening of "The Most Dangerous Game."  The reader is immersed into a dialogue without benefit of description of character or setting.  Whitney, whose word choice creates suspense, tells Rainsford about a mysterious island that has the crew "a bit jumpy...even the tough-minded old Swede."  The night is dark without a breeze.  W. and R. disagree that evil is tangible and sailors have a sense for danger. 

That night R. sees nothing, but hears gunfire.  He strains to see, mystified. His pipe falls, he grabs for it, and falls into the water.  He hears screaming. (suspense)

R. wakes on shore after swimming for hours, sees a "mirage" of a chateau, meets Igor, and an enigmatic Gen. Z.  Their dinner conversation contains a conflict of opinion about what to hunt.  Suspense is created as the reader wonders about the "training school" and the hunt between R. and Z.; R. is given a choice:  hunt or deal with Ivan.  (suspense--what will Ivan do to R.?)

There is more suspense and conflict as R. is hunted by Z who gives R. another chance when his first trap fails.  R. struggles with himself to keep his nerve ( inner conflict) and create traps to stop Igor and Z.  It seems as though Z. will capture him even after Igor is killed, but R. jumps into the sea.  Suspense continues as the reader wonders if R. dies; R. reappears--then the ending.