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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 does the village look like on the morning of the lottery?

2. Who is the last person accounted for before the lottery begins?

3. How do they assemble when it is time to begin the ceremony?

4. What is the irony of Tessie Hutchinson drawing the black dot?

5. How long has the lottery been going on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Tessie further disrupt the proceedings?

3. What is THE LOTTERY meant to satirize?

4. Are other lotteries still being held in other villages?

5. Who is the second citizen of the village and what is his function in the lottery?

6. Until she is knocked unconscious, what does Tessie keep trying to do?

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

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

9. Why have they made the switch to paper slips this year?

10. Who participates in the subsequent activity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper where the towns people hold a meeting to decide if they will do away with the lottery. Use the characters from Shirley Jackson's story. Who, besides Old man Warner, will oppose the idea of doing away with it?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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