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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 is Jackson's main theme in the story?

2. What does the village look like on the morning of the lottery?

3. What is the traditional job of the village boys on Lottery Day?

4. What does Mr. Summers do as soon as he is sworn in?

5. What does Mrs. Dunbar hold in her hands?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is different about this year's lottery?

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

3. What is THE LOTTERY meant to satirize?

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

5. Whose name was the first to be called up for the lottery?

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

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

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

9. In naming the holidays observed by the village, how does Jackson hint at the macabre nature of the lottery?

10. As Mr. Summers turns to face the gathered villagers, what disturbance occurs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write two or three paragraphs about how a tradition was defeated in the USA. [For example, you might write about Women's Suffrage and how they got the right to vote.]

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