Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Write a paper on how well written short stories hold the interest of the reader including the fact that they can be read in one sitting.
2. Write a paper on what you believe Shirley Jackson is satirizing in THE LOTTERY. Explain whether you think there is a religious undertone to the story.
3. Write a paper about how children might be affected by the violence of the lottery. What will Davie Hutchinson be like when he is a teenager?
4. Write a paper where the towns people hold a meeting to decide if...
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