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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do most of the villagers appear to regard the lottery?
(a) They are confused about it.
(b) They do not like the suspense.
(c) They hate it.
(d) They look forward to it.

2. Why does his oldest son not draw for him?
(a) His mother is next in line for the family.
(b) He is too small to reach inside the box.
(c) The boy is not yet sixteen.
(d) He rus away when the lottery begins.

3. Who is the first person called to draw for the lottery?
(a) Tessie Hutchinson.
(b) Mrs. Graves.
(c) Mr. Martin.
(d) Mr. Adams.

4. What are the men doing before it is time for the lottery to begin?
(a) Standing in a group talking about tractors and rain.
(b) Standing in a group but not talking.
(c) Standing together and talking about women.
(d) Standing together and talking politics.

5. What sound is heard as the papers are opened?
(a) The women speaking all at once.
(b) The school marching band.
(c) A collective sigh.
(d) Nothing. It is very quiet.

6. What is Jackson's first element of surprise in the story?
(a) The boys gathering stones.
(b) Tessie being late for the lottery.
(c) Mr. Summers changing the tradition.
(d) Mr. Graves forgetting the stool.

7. What is being used for the first time this year?
(a) Slips of paper instead of wood chips.
(b) Black and white ping pong balls.
(c) A new black box.
(d) A bigger stool.

8. What is on Tessie Hutchinson's paper?
(a) A black spot.
(b) The number 6.
(c) Nothing.
(d) A message.

9. How do they list the villagers before the lottery begins?
(a) In alphabetical order.
(b) From the oldest to the youngest.
(c) By heads of families.
(d) From the youngest to the oldest.

10. Though they do not remember all the ancient ritual, what do the villagers all remember?
(a) The song.
(b) The march.
(c) The stones.
(d) The burning of the box.

11. What does Jackson hint in the story when Tessie is very late arriving?
(a) That Tessie has a premonition of something bad.
(b) That Tessie is a scatter brain.
(c) That Tessie is always late for everything.
(d) That Tessie is not originally from the village.

12. What type of story is THE LOTTERY?
(a) A satire.
(b) A history.
(c) A drama.
(d) A comedy.

13. What does Tessie do with her paper?
(a) She holds it behind her back.
(b) She puts it in her purse.
(c) She runs around showing it to all the women.
(d) She looks at it and is dissapointed that hers is not the one.

14. Which man holds the winning paper?
(a) Mr. Graves.
(b) Bill Hutchinson.
(c) Old man Warner.
(d) Bob Martin.

15. What is Jackson saying about tradition.
(a) That it is necessary to keep a culture alive.
(b) That it is bad luck to change it.
(c) That very few people question it.
(d) That tradition is better than creating new ways.

Short Answer Questions

1. In a large village, how long might the lottery last?

2. What does the village look like on the morning of the lottery?

3. Has there ever been any other breaks with tradition?

4. What does the lottery hint at?

5. What is Mr. Summers' position in the town?

(see the answer keys)

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