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. Why are the children running around that morning?

2. What element of surprise does Jackson use in the story?

3. Is Mr. Summers exempt from the lottery?

4. When is the lottery held each year?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do the villagers begin to do at that point?

4. How are people dressed for this annual event?

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

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

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

8. After Mrs. Dunbar has spoken up, what does Mr. Summers ask about the Watsons?

9. In place of the salute, what is required now of the lottery official?

10. This time, who comes forward to draw slips of paper from the box?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper comparing THE LOTTERY with humiliating and sometimes dangerous club initiations. Discuss such things as humane treatment, anxiety of the initiates, and the moral correctness of the proceedings.

Essay Topic 2

Write two or three paragraphs on the character of Mrs. Delacroix. Use your imagination to explain why she selected the largest stone she could find to throw at Tessie.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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