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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. Who helps hold the box to keep it steady?

2. What is Mr. Summers' position in the town?

3. What does Jackson suggest about civic prominence in the character of Mr. Summers.

4. What holiday is mentioned in the story that suggests this village is in America?

5. Who was the last to arrive at the lottery?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the boys do to prepare for the lottery.

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

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

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

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

6. How does Jackson draw the reader into the spirit of the lottery?

7. What excuse does Tessie make for being late?

8. As Mr. Summers turns to face the gathered villagers, what disturbance occurs?

9. What is Jackson saying about children in this story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper in which you are one of the villagers at the lottery. Describe your feelings as the lottery takes place. How do you feel when it is not you but Bill Hutchinson who draws the black spot? Carry this on through picking up a rock and throwing it at Tessie.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on what you believe Shirley Jackson is satirizing in THE LOTTERY. Explain whether you think there is a religious undertone to the story.

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