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 type of story is THE LOTTERY?

2. Who is to draw for the Watson family?

3. Why do they stop using the wood chips?

4. Why can Clyde Dunbar not draw for his family?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What formality occurs before the lottery is officially open?

2. Mostly the townspeople seem to look forward to the lottery. What comment is Jackson making on human nature at this point?

3. What happens as the stoning begins?

4. What kind of lists are required for the conduct of the lottery?

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

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

7. This time, who comes forward to draw slips of paper from the box?

8. What excuse does Tessie make for being late?

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

10. What does Mr. Adams discuss with Old man Warner?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write a paper comparing THE LOTTERY with the infamous Salem witch trials. What is the common psychological thread that runs through the people of the village and the citizens of Salem intent on removing witches?

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