The Lottery Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is on each of the children's papers?

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

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

4. How do most of the villagers appear to regard the lottery?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is the second citizen of the village and what is his function in the lottery?

3. What does Mrs. Delacroix do to participate in the stoning?

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

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

6. Why is everything so organized in the village for the lottery?

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

8. How does Jackson make the scene seem like a normal village fair?

9. What formality occurs before the lottery is officially open?

10. What do the boys do to prepare for the lottery.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper explaining how traditions may change over time. Traditions are usually handed down by example or word of mouth. How would this make it easy for change to happen?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper where the towns people hold a meeting to decide if they will do away with the lottery. Use the characters from Shirley Jackson's story. Who, besides Old man Warner, will oppose the idea of doing away with it?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on how well written short stories hold the interest of the reader including the fact that they can be read in one sitting.

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