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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. Who tells the boys what to do on the morning of the lottery?
2. What do some people think about discontinuing the lottery?
3. What are the women doing before the lottery?
4. How many slips do the Hutchinson's take out of the box?
5. How do they list the villagers before the lottery begins?
Short Essay Questions
1. In naming the holidays observed by the village, how does Jackson hint at the macabre nature of the lottery?
2. Describe the men as they assemble for the lottery.
3. What time of the year is the lottery being held?
4. How does Jackson draw the reader into the spirit of the lottery?
5. How does Jackson make the scene seem like a normal village fair?
6. Eventually, how do the people assemble as they wait for the lottery?
7. Mostly the townspeople seem to look forward to the lottery. What comment is Jackson making on human nature at this point?
8. How is the black spot finally revealed?
9. What happens as the stoning begins?
10. What does Tessie Hutchinson do when she realizes that Bill has the paper?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Expand on the character of Mr. Summers in THE LOTTERY. Describe how you imagine his business dealings in detail and his political control over the village.
Essay Topic 2
Do some research and write a paper that briefly describes cultures that have held human sacrifices. Identify, if possible, their reasons for doing so.
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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