This lesson gives students practice using characters' own words to make inferences about characterization. It is best used once the students have read the entire story and once they have learned at least a little about how authors create characterization.
After students worked on this independently, I wrote Zaroff's and Rainsford's names on the board. Students then wrote words that characterized each character around the characters' names and they wrote down the number of the quote that led them to that inference.
I taught this lesson with freshmen, but it could be adapted to any grade level. This lesson took approximately 50 minutes, but we did not discuss what students thought about the different quotes. We will continue that discussion with another class period.