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. Why do they stop using the wood chips?

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

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

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

5. How many people live in the village?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens after Mr. Zanini draw his paper?

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

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

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

7. Whose name was the first to be called up for the lottery?

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

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

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

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

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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