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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the tone as the story begins?
(a) Dreary and ominous.
(b) Dry like a newspaper article.
(c) An average day with overcast sky.
(d) Cheerful, bright, and colorful.

2. Who is assigned to conduct the lottery?
(a) Mr. Summers.
(b) Mr. Martin.
(c) Mr. Hutchinson.
(d) Mr. Graves.

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

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

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

6. What element of surprise does Jackson use in the story?
(a) Winning a lottery is usually a good thing and not something to dread.
(b) That Tessie sacrifices herself for her children.
(c) That the community does not know what the
(d) That the government steps in and stops the lottery.

7. Why are the children running around that morning?
(a) Lottery Day is a school holiday.
(b) It is Saturday and there is no school.
(c) The teachers are in the lottery so they come to see them.
(d) Lottery Day is a special holiday for children.

8. Old man Warner suggests that discontinuing the lottery would be doing what?
(a) Inviting strangers into the village.
(b) Taking the life out of the village.
(c) Shaming the ancestors.
(d) Going back to the Stone Age.

9. 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.

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

11. What is in the black box?
(a) Wood chips.
(b) Slips of paper.
(c) Beans.
(d) Stones.

12. What is Tessie Hutchinson doing when she realizes Bill has the marked slip?
(a) She is jumping up and down with excitement.
(b) She is mentioning that Bill got that slip the last lottery.
(c) She is bragging to the other women.
(d) She is complaining that the drawing was not fair.

13. What sound is heard as the papers are opened?
(a) The women speaking all at once.
(b) A collective sigh.
(c) Nothing. It is very quiet.
(d) The school marching band.

14. How long has the lottery been going on?
(a) Since before people arrived from Europe.
(b) Since the Pilgrims.
(c) Over several generations.
(d) For the last five years.

15. What does Mr. Summers do as soon as he is sworn in?
(a) Faces and greets the villagers.
(b) Leads the invocation.
(c) Puts his hand on the black box three times.
(d) Bows low and receives the crown.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do some people think about discontinuing the lottery?

2. What are some villages rumored to be doing with their lottery?

3. Who is the first person called to draw for the lottery?

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

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

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