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. In general, what type of village is the setting of the story?

2. Who was the last to arrive at the lottery?

3. What is Mrs. Hutchinson's behavior as she makes her way to her family?

4. What holiday is mentioned in the story that suggests this village is in America?

5. What is happening when they make any change in the lottery procedure?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As Tessie continues to voice her objections, what does her husband do?

3. What time of the year is the lottery being held?

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

5. What are some other town functions that Mr. Summers presides over?

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

7. What is Old man Warner's response to Mr. Adams suggestion of doing away with the lottery?

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

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

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

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 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 3

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.]

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