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 in the black box?

2. What is Tessie doing in the center of the circle of her friends, neighbors, and family?

3. What serious formality occurs before the lottery begins?

4. What is the atmosphere of the village as the lottery gets under way?

5. Who is to draw for the Watson family?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What excuse does Tessie make for being late?

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

5. What is THE LOTTERY meant to satirize?

6. Why does Mrs. Dunbar come forward to draw in place of her husband?

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

8. According to the rules of the lottery, how long does the stoning go on?

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

10. Why does the first person called for the lists not appear?

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 two or three paragraphs about how a tradition was defeated in the USA. [For example, you might write about Women's Suffrage and how they got the right to vote.]

Essay Topic 3

Do some research and write a paper that briefly describes cultures that have held human sacrifices. Identify, if possible, their reasons for doing so.

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