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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) She wants her daughter to have a chance to win, too.
(d) The more people in the drawing, the greater chance she has of not getting the dot.

2. What is Jackson's first element of surprise in the story?
(a) Tessie being late for the lottery.
(b) Mr. Graves forgetting the stool.
(c) Mr. Summers changing the tradition.
(d) The boys gathering stones.

3. 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 it took longer for the boys to find stones.
(c) Because someone forgot to prepar the lottery slips of paper.
(d) Because they have trouble locating the lottery box.

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

5. 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 last one to draw a slip from the black box.
(d) He is the only single man there.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Where does Mrs. Hutchinson locate her husband and children?

4. Who is assigned to conduct the lottery?

5. Which man holds the winning paper?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the lottery held later in the morning in this particular village?

2. According to the rules of the lottery, how long does the stoning go on?

3. Who do they look for before continuing with the lottery?

4. What does Mr. Adams discuss with Old man Warner?

5. As Tessie continues to voice her objections, what does her husband do?

6. What does Tessie Hutchinson do when she realizes that Bill has the paper?

7. Eventually, how do the people assemble as they wait for the lottery?

8. What is THE LOTTERY meant to satirize?

9. Have there ever been deviations from tradition in the past? What are they?

10. Why does the first person called for the lists not appear?

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