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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many slips do the Hutchinson's take out of the box?
(a) Five. One for each member of the family.
(b) Two. One for Bill and one for Tessie.
(c) Three. One for Bill, Tessie, and Bill, Jr.
(d) Four. One for each the family members except the baby.

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

3. What does Mr. Summers carry onto the village square?
(a) A black, wooden box.
(b) The village flag.
(c) A milking stool.
(d) The book of rules.

4. What happens to Tessie first?
(a) A stone hits her on the side of her head.
(b) The women form a circle around her to change her clothes.
(c) They present her with roses.
(d) She is given a tiara.

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

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

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

8. What is Mr. Summers' position in the town?
(a) He is the superintendant of schools.
(b) He is the custodian of the town square.
(c) He is the town leader and owner of a coal business.
(d) He is the religious leader of the village.

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

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

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

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

13. What is Mr. Zanini's distinction at the lottery?
(a) He is the first one to draw in the lottery.
(b) He is the only single man there.
(c) He is the last one to draw a slip from the black box.
(d) He is the oldest man at the lottery.

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

15. What does the village look like on the morning of the lottery?
(a) It is gloomy and cold looking with gray houses.
(b) It is very metropolitan with shiny glass commercial buildings.
(c) It is in the sun with neat houses, green lawns, and flowers everywhere.
(d) It is dusty and dry with the paint peeling off the houses.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mrs. Dunbar hold in her hands?

2. In general, what type of village is the setting of the story?

3. What are the women doing before the lottery?

4. What type of story is THE LOTTERY?

5. Old man Warner suggests that discontinuing the lottery would be doing what?

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