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

2. 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 very few people question it.
(d) That tradition is better than creating new ways.

3. What is Jackson's main theme in the story?
(a) The need for tradition in small towns.
(b) The stupidity of blindly following tradition.
(c) The need for change in a community.
(d) The value of human life.

4. 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 very metropolitan with shiny glass commercial buildings.
(c) It is in the sun with neat houses, green lawns, and flowers everywhere.
(d) It is gloomy and cold looking with gray houses.

5. Why are people gathering in the town square?
(a) There is a band concert that morning.
(b) The mayor is making a speech.
(c) It is the annual lottery day.
(d) They are voting whether to discontinue the lottery.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who will participate in the ritual?

2. What explanation does the late comer give for being late?

3. What is on Tessie Hutchinson's paper?

4. When is the lottery held each year?

5. How long has the lottery been going on?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Martin family make the scene appear like a gathering of everyday families?

2. Whose name was the first to be called up for the lottery?

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

4. What is THE LOTTERY meant to satirize?

5. What is Tessie doing as the rest of her family open their slips?

6. What does the setting of THE LOTTERY say about the citizens of the village.

7. What kind of lists are required for the conduct of the lottery?

8. Why is Mr. Summers always in charge of the lottery every year?

9. As Mr. Summers turns to face the gathered villagers, what disturbance occurs?

10. How do the villagers know that Bill Hutchinson is holding the slip of paper with the black dot?

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