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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 in which you are one of the villagers at the lottery. Describe your feelings as the lottery takes place. How do you feel when it is not you but Bill Hutchinson who draws the black spot? Carry this on through picking up a rock and throwing it at Tessie.

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 a paper comparing THE LOTTERY with humiliating and sometimes dangerous club initiations. Discuss such things as humane treatment, anxiety of the initiates, and the moral correctness of the proceedings.

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