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 do they stop using the wood chips?

2. In the story, what idea does Shirley Jackson carefully avoid?

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

4. How many slips do the Hutchinson's take out of the box?

5. Who is the first person called to draw for the lottery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the kind of morning it is on the day of the lottery.

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

3. What are some other town functions that Mr. Summers presides over?

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

5. How are people dressed for this annual event?

6. What is Tessie doing as the rest of her family open their slips?

7. What is THE LOTTERY meant to satirize?

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

9. How does Tessie try to widen the odds of her drawing the black dot?

10. After locating the holder of the black spot, what do the villagers do?

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 a paper on how well written short stories hold the interest of the reader including the fact that they can be read in one sitting.

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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