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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why are people gathering in the town square?
(a) There is a band concert that morning.
(b) They are voting whether to discontinue the lottery.
(c) It is the annual lottery day.
(d) The mayor is making a speech.

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

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

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

5. What trouble does Bobby Martin get into?
(a) He puts the stones he collected in his pocket.
(b) He does not respond to his mother's call and his father reprimands him.
(c) He gets in a fight with another boy and has a bloody nose.
(d) He gets his clean clothes all dirty and has to go home and change.

6. What is stressed as important to the lottery all through the story?
(a) That it is a tradition that must be continued.
(b) That family is the least important thing in the village.
(c) That everyone knows how the tradition began.
(d) That everyone does not need to be present.

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

8. 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 in the sun with neat houses, green lawns, and flowers everywhere.
(c) It is very metropolitan with shiny glass commercial buildings.
(d) It is dusty and dry with the paint peeling off the houses.

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

10. Why does the lottery begin late in this village?
(a) Because there are so few people, the drawing only last a few hours.
(b) Because they have trouble locating the lottery box.
(c) Because someone forgot to prepar the lottery slips of paper.
(d) Because it took longer for the boys to find stones.

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

12. Is everyone present as the lottery ceremony begins?
(a) No, one entire family is missing.
(b) Yes, it is a crime to be late for the lottery.
(c) No, one woman comes running up late.
(d) Yes, they do not start until all are there.

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

14. Which stones are the most prized for use in the lottery?
(a) Heavy, flat ones.
(b) Shiny, decorative ones.
(c) Hard, jagged ones.
(d) Smooth, round ones.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do most of the villagers appear to regard the lottery?

2. Who tells the boys what to do on the morning of the lottery?

3. What is Tessie Hutchinson doing when she realizes Bill has the marked slip?

4. What is happening when they make any change in the lottery procedure?

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

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