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. Old man Warner suggests that discontinuing the lottery would be doing what?

2. What is the date of the lottery?

3. What does Tessie do with her paper?

4. How do most of the villagers appear to regard the lottery?

5. What is the tone as the story begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who do they look for before continuing with the lottery?

2. What formality occurs before the lottery is officially open?

3. This time, who comes forward to draw slips of paper from the box?

4. After Mrs. Dunbar has spoken up, what does Mr. Summers ask about the Watsons?

5. Eventually, how do the people assemble as they wait for the lottery?

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

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

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

9. How is the black spot finally revealed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on surprise endings to short stories that are humorous instead of macabre. [If you do not know one, read O'Henry's THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF for this assignment.]

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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