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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 Tessie's paper mean?

2. What does Mrs. Delacroix have in her hands?

3. What is Mrs. Hutchinson's behavior as she makes her way to her family?

4. What does Mr. Summers carry onto the village square?

5. What is Jackson saying about tradition.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tessie try to widen the odds of her drawing the black dot?

2. Why is everything so organized in the village for the lottery?

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

4. How do the children react to their school holiday?

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

6. What excuse does Tessie make for being late?

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

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

9. Who do they look for before continuing with the lottery?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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