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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 finally happens with Tessie?

2. When is the lottery held each year?

3. In general, what type of village is the setting of the story?

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

5. What is the traditional job of the village boys on Lottery Day?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is THE LOTTERY meant to satirize?

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

4. What is Old man Warner's response to Mr. Adams suggestion of doing away with the lottery?

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

6. Why is the lottery held later in the morning in this particular village?

7. How does Tessie further disrupt the proceedings?

8. How do the villagers know that Bill Hutchinson is holding the slip of paper with the black dot?

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

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

Essay 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 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 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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