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 is happening when they make any change in the lottery procedure?

2. Why is everyone participating, even the Hutchinson children?

3. Who will participate in the ritual?

4. Is Mr. Summers exempt from the lottery?

5. In a large village, how long might the lottery last?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the men as they assemble for the lottery.

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

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

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

7. What are the heads of families instructed to do with their slips of paper?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a few paragraphs about fear of the unknown. Think of a time when you were anxious because you did not know what was going to happen. Then write down what you were afraid of and whether your fears were real or unfounded.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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