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. Why does the lottery begin late in this village?

2. What is the irony of Tessie Hutchinson drawing the black dot?

3. What does Jackson suggest about civic prominence in the character of Mr. Summers.

4. Who is assigned to conduct the lottery?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the villagers know that Bill Hutchinson is holding the slip of paper with the black dot?

2. Describe the men as they assemble for the lottery.

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

4. How is the black spot finally revealed?

5. How does Jackson draw the reader into the spirit of the lottery?

6. What happens after Mr. Zanini draw his paper?

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

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

9. Who is the second citizen of the village and what is his function in the lottery?

10. How does Jackson make the scene seem like a normal village fair?

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

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 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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