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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why can Clyde Dunbar not draw for his family?
(a) He is in the hospital.
(b) He is on duty as fireman.
(c) He is in the military.
(d) He is at home with a broken leg.

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

4. What is the date of the lottery?
(a) February 2nd
(b) April 1st
(c) June 27th
(d) July 4th

5. What does Tessie's paper mean?
(a) She gets to select the winner.
(b) She has been chosen.
(c) She will have to draw again.
(d) She is out of the lottery.

6. Who gets to go first in the second drawing?
(a) The oldest son draws first.
(b) The three children draw first.
(c) Tessie insists on drawing first.
(d) Bill draws first.

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

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

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

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

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

12. What does Mr. Graves carry onto the village square?
(a) A roster of the village people.
(b) A trumpet to begin the ceremony.
(c) An American flag.
(d) A three-legged stool.

13. Why is everyone participating, even the Hutchinson children?
(a) Because they are all hypnotized.
(b) Because it is a village activity.
(c) Because they have nothing better to do.
(d) Because they will be jailed if they do not.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Jackson satirizing by having the children participate so willingly in the stoning?

2. What does Mr. Summers do as soon as he is sworn in?

3. What holiday is mentioned in the story that suggests this village is in America?

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

5. How many people live in the village?

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