The Lottery Test | Final 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 does Mr. Summers do as soon as he is sworn in?

2. What is Mr. Zanini's distinction at the lottery?

3. What is on Tessie Hutchinson's paper?

4. What is Old man Warner's meaning when he says lottery in June, corn harvest soon?

5. What is Jackson saying about tradition.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the setting of THE LOTTERY say about the citizens of the village.

2. Mostly the townspeople seem to look forward to the lottery. What comment is Jackson making on human nature at this point?

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

4. How does Tessie try to widen the odds of her drawing the black dot?

5. Why is the lottery held later in the morning in this particular village?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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