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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the story, what idea does Shirley Jackson carefully avoid?
(a) The time it takes to hold the lottery.
(b) Winning the lottery.
(c) Sweepstakes.
(d) The odds of winning.

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

3. What does Mrs. Dunbar hold in her hands?
(a) A bag full of small stones.
(b) A slingshot.
(c) The Hutchinson baby.
(d) More moderate stones than Mrs. Delacroix.

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

5. What is Jackson satirizing by having the children participate so willingly in the stoning?
(a) Hansel and Gretle.
(b) Well behaved children.
(c) Parents who let their children run their lives.
(d) Bringing children up with adults' biases.

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

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

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. What is the traditional job of the village boys on Lottery Day?
(a) They keep the younger children off the grass.
(b) They form an honor guard for the lottery box.
(c) They collect stones and bring them to the town square.
(d) They play an exhibition football game before the lottery.

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 stupidity of blindly following tradition.
(d) The value of human life.

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

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

13. Who is the first person called to draw for the lottery?
(a) Mr. Adams.
(b) Mr. Martin.
(c) Tessie Hutchinson.
(d) Mrs. Graves.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Jackson hint in the story when Tessie is very late arriving?

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

4. What trouble does Bobby Martin get into?

5. What is the instruction given to the villagers about what to do after they have drawn?

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