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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What serious formality occurs before the lottery begins?
(a) The swearing in of the officials.
(b) The pledge of allegiance.
(c) The blessing of the box.
(d) The singing of the village anthem.

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

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

5. Who is the first to hold up his slip of paper?
(a) Old man Warner.
(b) Mr. Summers.
(c) Bill Hutchinson.
(d) Mr. Graves.

6. What is Tessie doing in the center of the circle of her friends, neighbors, and family?
(a) Gloating that she is the winner.
(b) Holding out her hands and crying that it is not fair.
(c) Dancing the lottery jig.
(d) Sitting on a makeshift throne.

7. Why do they stop using the wood chips?
(a) Trees are getting scarce.
(b) People get splinters form the wood.
(c) The village population is growing.
(d) They want to be more modern.

8. What element of surprise does Jackson use in the story?
(a) That the government steps in and stops the lottery.
(b) That Tessie sacrifices herself for her children.
(c) That the community does not know what the
(d) Winning a lottery is usually a good thing and not something to dread.

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

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

11. Who was the last to arrive at the lottery?
(a) Mrs. Summers.
(b) Tessie Hutchinson.
(c) Mrs. Graves.
(d) Mrs. Martin.

12. Who tells the boys what to do on the morning of the lottery?
(a) Their mothers.
(b) The village council.
(c) Their fathers.
(d) No one, they all know their responsibility.

13. What does everyone get at this point?
(a) Stones.
(b) Instructions.
(c) Refreshments.
(d) Blank papers.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What sound is heard as the papers are opened?

2. Who is assigned to conduct the lottery?

3. Who is the first person called to draw for the lottery?

4. What does Mr. Summers carry onto the village square?

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

(see the answer keys)

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