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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 do they stop using the wood chips?

3. What is the atmosphere of the village as the lottery gets under way?

4. What is Mr. Zanini's distinction at the lottery?

5. In a large village, how long might the lottery last?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Mr. Adams discuss with Old man Warner?

4. What do the villagers begin to do at that point?

5. What kind of lists are required for the conduct of the lottery?

6. What does the setting of THE LOTTERY say about the citizens of the village.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper explaining how traditions may change over time. Traditions are usually handed down by example or word of mouth. How would this make it easy for change to happen?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on surprise endings to short stories that are humorous instead of macabre. [If you do not know one, read O'Henry's THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF for this assignment.]

Essay Topic 3

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.

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