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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What are the women doing before the lottery?
(a) Putting up the bunting.
(b) Avoicing each other's eyes.
(c) Standing together and gossiping.
(d) Running around looking for their children.

4. Why does Tessie try to add her daughter's family to Bill Hutchinson's second drawing?
(a) She feels the need to have all her family with her.
(b) She wants her daughter to have a chance to win, too.
(c) She is trying to get the whole thing done over.
(d) The more people in the drawing, the greater chance she has of not getting the dot.

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

6. Where is Tessie by the time everyone has their stones?
(a) Behind Mr. Summers.
(b) With her family.
(c) In the center.
(d) Running to hide.

7. What does Tessie try to do before Bill draws for the family?
(a) Find her three children to stand with their father.
(b) Include her daughter's family in the drawing.
(c) Stand where the newspaper photographer can get her photo.
(d) Run home to change clothes.

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

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

10. What is Jackson's main theme in the story?
(a) The need for change in a community.
(b) The need for tradition in small towns.
(c) The value of human life.
(d) The stupidity of blindly following tradition.

11. What are some villages rumored to be doing with their lottery?
(a) Holding parades before the lottery.
(b) Adding a consolation prize.
(c) Combining it with another holiday.
(d) Discontinuing it.

12. What is the procedure after Bill reveals that his family is the one?
(a) The youngest Hutchinson will claim the prize.
(b) The village people will vote for their favorite Hutchinson family member.
(c) Slips will be put in the box for every member of the Hutchinson family.
(d) The Hutchinson family will draw straws to see who takes the prize.

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

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

15. Who is the last person accounted for before the lottery begins?
(a) The tall Watson boy.
(b) Tessie Hutchinson.
(c) Old man Warner.
(d) Mrs. Dunbar.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Mr. Summers says it is time, what does everyone do?

2. Who is to draw for the Watson family?

3. How many people live in the village?

4. What serious formality occurs before the lottery begins?

5. What is Jackson's first element of surprise in the story?

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