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 explanation does the late comer give for being late?

3. What does the village look like on the morning of the lottery?

4. What does Mr. Summers do as soon as he is sworn in?

5. What is Tessie doing in the center of the circle of her friends, neighbors, and family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What time of the year is the lottery being held?

2. In place of the salute, what is required now of the lottery official?

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

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

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

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

7. According to the rules of the lottery, how long does the stoning go on?

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

9. Who participates in the subsequent activity?

10. What does Mrs. Delacroix do to participate in the stoning?

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 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 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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