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 does Jackson suggest that tradition may be questioned?

2. When is the lottery held each year?

3. What does everyone get at this point?

4. What is Tessie doing in the center of the circle of her friends, neighbors, and family?

5. What is being used for the first time this year?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Summers do when he calls out his own name?

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

3. After locating the holder of the black spot, what do the villagers do?

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

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

6. How does Tessie further disrupt the proceedings?

7. How are people dressed for this annual event?

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

9. What does Mrs. Delacroix do to participate in the stoning?

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

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

Write a paper where the towns people hold a meeting to decide if they will do away with the lottery. Use the characters from Shirley Jackson's story. Who, besides Old man Warner, will oppose the idea of doing away with it?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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