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. What is in the black box?

2. How many people live in the village?

3. What does Jackson hint in the story when Tessie is very late arriving?

4. When is the lottery held each year?

5. What is stressed as important to the lottery all through the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens as the stoning begins?

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

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

5. What happens next after it is settled that Bill Hutchinson holds the paper with the black dot?

6. Are other lotteries still being held in other villages?

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

8. Why does the first person called for the lists not appear?

9. What request do Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves make of the villagers and who volunteers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 two or three paragraphs on the character of Mrs. Delacroix. Use your imagination to explain why she selected the largest stone she could find to throw at Tessie.

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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