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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What holiday is mentioned in the story that suggests this village is in America?
(a) Christmas.
(b) Groundhog Day.
(c) Halloween.
(d) The 4th of July.

2. What is Mrs. Hutchinson's behavior as she makes her way to her family?
(a) Somber and angry.
(b) Laughing and apologizing for being late.
(c) Anxious and in a hurry.
(d) Perplexed and confused.

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

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

6. What is happening when they make any change in the lottery procedure?
(a) It is nothing drastic in the minds of the villagers.
(b) It makes the tradition stronger.
(c) The people are becoming better educated.
(d) It is a break with tradition.

7. Who helps hold the box to keep it steady?
(a) Several of the larger boys.
(b) Mr. Martin and his son.
(c) Mr. Graves and Mr. Summers.
(d) The mayor and the chief of police.

8. What serious formality occurs before the lottery begins?
(a) The blessing of the box.
(b) The swearing in of the officials.
(c) The singing of the village anthem.
(d) The pledge of allegiance.

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

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

11. What does Mrs. Delacroix have in her hands?
(a) The Hutchinson baby.
(b) A chocolate cake.
(c) The lottery flag.
(d) A huge stone.

12. What is the instruction given to the villagers about what to do after they have drawn?
(a) They are to show their papers to everyone.
(b) They are to register with Mr. Graves as having drawn.
(c) They are to look at their papers but not show anyone else.
(d) They are not to look at thier papers untill all have drawn.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What trouble does Bobby Martin get into?

2. What does Jackson suggest about civic prominence in the character of Mr. Summers.

3. What does the lottery hint at?

4. How do they assemble when it is time to begin the ceremony?

5. Is Mr. Summers exempt from the lottery?

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