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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) It is the annual lottery day.
(b) There is a band concert that morning.
(c) They are voting whether to discontinue the lottery.
(d) The mayor is making a speech.

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

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

4. What does Jackson hint in the story when Tessie is very late arriving?
(a) That Tessie is not originally from the village.
(b) That Tessie has a premonition of something bad.
(c) That Tessie is always late for everything.
(d) That Tessie is a scatter brain.

5. What is revealing about the social order of the village?
(a) The children and running around unsupervised.
(b) The men are drinking ale.
(c) The men and women are not together.
(d) The women hold a superior position.

6. Who is the last person accounted for before the lottery begins?
(a) The tall Watson boy.
(b) Tessie Hutchinson.
(c) Old man Warner.
(d) Mrs. Dunbar.

7. What is the procedure after Bill reveals that his family is the one?
(a) The Hutchinson family will draw straws to see who takes the prize.
(b) The youngest Hutchinson will claim the prize.
(c) Slips will be put in the box for every member of the Hutchinson family.
(d) The village people will vote for their favorite Hutchinson family member.

8. What is being used for the first time this year?
(a) Slips of paper instead of wood chips.
(b) A bigger stool.
(c) Black and white ping pong balls.
(d) A new black box.

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

10. What does Jackson suggest about civic prominence in the character of Mr. Summers.
(a) That wealth is the standard for importance.
(b) That everyone is equal regardless of wealth.
(c) That age is the criterion for civic leadership.
(d) That Summers has no real power in the village.

11. 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 his clean clothes all dirty and has to go home and change.
(d) He gets in a fight with another boy and has a bloody nose.

12. 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) No. This was the first time any changed was made.
(d) Yes, they used to hold the lottery only at night.

13. 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.

14. What does Tessie do with her paper?
(a) She runs around showing it to all the women.
(b) She puts it in her purse.
(c) She looks at it and is dissapointed that hers is not the one.
(d) She holds it behind her back.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many slips do the Hutchinson's take out of the box?

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

3. Who helps hold the box to keep it steady?

4. What does the village look like on the morning of the lottery?

5. In the story, what idea does Shirley Jackson carefully avoid?

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