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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 explanation does the late comer give for being late?

2. What is Mr. Summers' position in the town?

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

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

5. Why do they stop using the wood chips?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mr. Graves do at the Hutchinson family drawing?

3. What request do Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves make of the villagers and who volunteers?

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

5. How does Tessie try to widen the odds of her drawing the black dot?

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

7. What is THE LOTTERY meant to satirize?

8. Mostly the townspeople seem to look forward to the lottery. What comment is Jackson making on human nature at this point?

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

10. Describe the kind of morning it is on the day of the lottery.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on what you believe Shirley Jackson is satirizing in THE LOTTERY. Explain whether you think there is a religious undertone to the story.

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 comparing THE LOTTERY with the infamous Salem witch trials. What is the common psychological thread that runs through the people of the village and the citizens of Salem intent on removing witches?

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