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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mrs. Dunbar hold in her hands?
(a) The Hutchinson baby.
(b) More moderate stones than Mrs. Delacroix.
(c) A slingshot.
(d) A bag full of small stones.

2. What does the lottery hint at?
(a) Politics.
(b) Education.
(c) Recreation.
(d) Religion.

3. What is Old man Warner's meaning when he says lottery in June, corn harvest soon?
(a) He thinks that June is too soon for the lottery.
(b) He thinks the lottery magically makes the harvest good.
(c) He sees the lottery as a way to fill time until the harvest.
(d) He judges time by the lottery.

4. How many people live in the village?
(a) Less than 100.
(b) 3,446.
(c) About 300.
(d) Just under 1,000.

5. How does Jackson suggest that tradition may be questioned?
(a) Some people oppose the lottery and some villages have already stopped it.
(b) A lot about the lottery has been forgotten.
(c) The village is getting smaller so tradition may die out.
(d) Old man Warner compares it to the Stone Age.

6. Has there ever been any other breaks with tradition?
(a) Yes. The ritual chant and the special salute were discarded.
(b) Yes, they used to hold the lottery only at night.
(c) No. This was the first time any changed was made.
(d) Yes, the box used to be white.

7. What is the traditional job of the village boys on Lottery Day?
(a) They collect stones and bring them to the town square.
(b) They play an exhibition football game before the lottery.
(c) They form an honor guard for the lottery box.
(d) They keep the younger children off the grass.

8. What is the atmosphere of the village as the lottery gets under way?
(a) There is great jollity among the people.
(b) Everyone is talking at once.
(c) It is chaos.
(d) It is orderly and respectful.

9. Who will participate in the ritual?
(a) Only the men of the village.
(b) All Tessie's friends, neighbors, and family members.
(c) The children only because it is their holiday.
(d) The women because Tessie is a woman.

10. When is the lottery held each year?
(a) At Thanksgiving.
(b) At the beginning of spring.
(c) During the full moon.
(d) Before the corn harvest.

11. What is on each of the children's papers?
(a) A secret message.
(b) Gift certificates.
(c) Nothing. They are blank.
(d) Colored pictures.

12. What is the tone as the story begins?
(a) Dry like a newspaper article.
(b) An average day with overcast sky.
(c) Dreary and ominous.
(d) Cheerful, bright, and colorful.

13. Who is to draw for the Watson family?
(a) Mr. Watson's brother.
(b) Mr. Summers.
(c) The tall Watson boy.
(d) Mrs. Watson.

14. What do some people think about discontinuing the lottery?
(a) Some people want to hold the lottery twice a year.
(b) Some people want to make the lottery grander.
(c) Some people want to discontinue the lottery.
(d) Some people want to change the date of the lottery.

15. What is in the black box?
(a) Slips of paper.
(b) Wood chips.
(c) Stones.
(d) Beans.

Short Answer Questions

1. What element of surprise does Jackson use in the story?

2. Where is Tessie by the time everyone has their stones?

3. What does Tessie's paper mean?

4. Why does his oldest son not draw for him?

5. Why is everyone participating, even the Hutchinson children?

(see the answer keys)

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