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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 being used for the first time this year?
2. When is the lottery held each year?
3. What does Jackson hint in the story when Tessie is very late arriving?
4. Though they do not remember all the ancient ritual, what do the villagers all remember?
5. What is the instruction given to the villagers about what to do after they have drawn?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do the boys do to prepare for the lottery.
2. Who participates in the subsequent activity?
3. Why have they made the switch to paper slips this year?
4. What is Old man Warner's response to Mr. Adams suggestion of doing away with the lottery?
5. How does Tessie further disrupt the proceedings?
6. Why does the first person called for the lists not appear?
7. What does Mr. Graves do at the Hutchinson family drawing?
8. What does Mr. Adams discuss with Old man Warner?
9. What request do Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves make of the villagers and who volunteers?
10. Who do they look for before continuing with the lottery?
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 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 3
Write two or three paragraphs in which you discuss whether Tessie Hutchinson had a premonition that she would draw the black spot. Decide if you think Shirley Jackson had that idea in mind as she wrote THE LOTTERY.
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