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 does the village look like on the morning of the lottery?

2. Why does his oldest son not draw for him?

3. Why are the children running around that morning?

4. What sound is heard as the papers are opened?

5. What is Old man Warner's meaning when he says lottery in June, corn harvest soon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who participates in the subsequent activity?

5. Eventually, how do the people assemble as they wait for the lottery?

6. Why does Mrs. Dunbar come forward to draw in place of her husband?

7. Who is called after Mrs. Dunbar, showing that no one is left out of the lottery?

8. Where are the women and what are they doing?

9. Have there ever been deviations from tradition in the past? What are they?

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

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 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 3

Write a paper about how children might be affected by the violence of the lottery. What will Davie Hutchinson be like when he is a teenager?

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