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. How do they assemble when it is time to begin the ceremony?

2. Old man Warner suggests that discontinuing the lottery would be doing what?

3. What does everyone get at this point?

4. Who is assigned to conduct the lottery?

5. Why does Tessie try to add her daughter's family to Bill Hutchinson's second drawing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who participates in the subsequent activity?

4. What are some other town functions that Mr. Summers presides over?

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

6. Are other lotteries still being held in other villages?

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

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

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

10. What happens next after it is settled that Bill Hutchinson holds the paper with the black dot?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper in which you are one of the villagers at the lottery. Describe your feelings as the lottery takes place. How do you feel when it is not you but Bill Hutchinson who draws the black spot? Carry this on through picking up a rock and throwing it at Tessie.

Essay Topic 3

Write two or three paragraphs in which you discuss whether Tessie Hutchinson had a premonition that she would draw the black spot. Decide if you think Shirley Jackson had that idea in mind as she wrote THE LOTTERY.

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