Conformity Unit: The Lottery

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Conformity Unit: The Lottery - Quiz

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How would you define conformity AND how can we see conformity at work in "The Lottery?" Answer in complete sentences WITH SPECIFIC EVIDENCE from the text. 

  • 2. 

    What is a possible theme for "The Lottery?" Support your answer. 

  • 3. 

    What does the village look like on the morning of the lottery?

    • A.

      It is very metropolitan with shiny glass commercial buildings.

    • B.

      It is dusty and dry with the paint peeling off the houses.

    • C.

      It is in the sun with neat houses, green lawns, and flowers everywhere.

    • D.

      It is gloomy and cold looking with gray houses.

    Correct Answer
    C. It is in the sun with neat houses, green lawns, and flowers everywhere.
  • 4. 

    While they wait for the lottery to begin, the townspeople...

    • A.

      Quietly talk and joke

    • B.

      Cry and pray

    • C.

      Stay silent

    • D.

      Bet on who will be selected

    Correct Answer
    A. Quietly talk and joke
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "quietly talk and joke". This answer is supported by the phrase "While they wait for the lottery to begin", indicating that the townspeople are passing the time before the lottery starts. The use of the word "quietly" suggests that they are engaging in casual conversation and humor in a calm and subdued manner.

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  • 5. 

    ______________ is the winner of the lottery.

    Correct Answer
    Tessie Hutchinson
    Mrs. Hutchinson
    Ms. Hutchinson
    Hutchinson
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tessie Hutchinson, Mrs. Hutchinson, Ms. Hutchinson, Hutchinson. This is because all of these options refer to the same person, who is the winner of the lottery. The question does not specify which name format should be used, so all variations are considered correct.

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  • 6. 

    The biggest supporter of the lottery is ___________.

    Correct Answer
    Old Man Warner
    Warner
    Mr. Warner
    Explanation
    Old Man Warner is the correct answer because he is specifically mentioned as the biggest supporter of the lottery. The other options, Warner and Mr. Warner, are incorrect as they are not mentioned in the question.

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  • 7. 

    Who wrote "The Lottery?"

    • A.

      Katherine Mansfield

    • B.

      Alice Walker

    • C.

      Shirley Jackson

    • D.

      William Faulkner

    Correct Answer
    C. Shirley Jackson
    Explanation
    Shirley Jackson wrote "The Lottery."

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  • 8. 

    When was the story published?

    • A.

      1935

    • B.

      1912

    • C.

      1948

    • D.

      1887

    Correct Answer
    C. 1948
  • 9. 

    In, "The Lottery," who takes part in the ritual?

    • A.

      Just the young people.

    • B.

      Just the men.

    • C.

      Just the women.

    • D.

      Everyone in the community.

    Correct Answer
    D. Everyone in the community.
    Explanation
    In the story "The Lottery," everyone in the community takes part in the ritual. The lottery is a tradition that involves the entire community gathering together to draw slips of paper from a black box. This includes men, women, and young people. The author emphasizes the collective participation to highlight the disturbing nature of the ritual and the community's acceptance of it.

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  • 10. 

    The following line comes from "The Lottery:" ...the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The BEST definition of the word profusely is... 

    • A.

      Brightly

    • B.

      Strangely

    • C.

      Briefly

    • D.

      Abundantly

    Correct Answer
    D. Abundantly
    Explanation
    The word "profusely" in this context means that the flowers were blooming abundantly and the grass was lushly green. It implies that there was a large quantity or a great amount of flowers and grass, indicating a sense of richness and fullness in their growth.

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  • 11. 

    In the beginning of, "The Lottery," the boys are...

    • A.

      Teasing the girls.

    • B.

      Gathering stones.

    • C.

      Bringing out the tools of the lottery.

    • D.

      Hiding out.

    Correct Answer
    B. Gathering stones.
    Explanation
    In the beginning of "The Lottery," the boys are gathering stones. This is evident from the text where it mentions that "Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example." This suggests that the boys are preparing for something, which is later revealed to be the stoning of the lottery winner. The act of gathering stones foreshadows the violent and shocking nature of the lottery ritual.

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  • 12. 

    When Old Man Warner hears people saying that other towns have given up on the lottery, he...

    • A.

      Feels hopeful that this town will also give it up.

    • B.

      Gets angry that people don't respect tradition.

    • C.

      Gets so upset that he walks out of the town.

    • D.

      Is surprised because he had no idea he what the lottery was.

    Correct Answer
    B. Gets angry that people don't respect tradition.
    Explanation
    Old Man Warner gets angry that people don't respect tradition because he is a staunch believer in the lottery and sees it as an essential part of their community. He believes that giving up on the lottery would be a betrayal of their history and a disregard for the customs that have been passed down through generations. His anger stems from his fear of change and his strong attachment to the traditional values that the lottery represents.

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  • 13. 

    The "winner" of the lottery's last words are...

    • A.

      "I'll get you for this!"

    • B.

      "I knew it! I knew it!"

    • C.

      "It isn't fair! It isn't right!"

    • D.

      "Come at me, bro!"

    Correct Answer
    C. "It isn't fair! It isn't right!"
    Explanation
    The given correct answer suggests that the winner of the lottery is expressing dissatisfaction or frustration with the outcome. The statement "It isn't fair! It isn't right!" implies that the winner believes that the lottery results are unjust or incorrect in some way. This response indicates that the winner is unhappy with the outcome and feels that they have been treated unfairly.

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  • 14. 

    By tradition, those who draw the slips of paper in the first round are...

    • A.

      The youngest children in the house.

    • B.

      The oldest people in the town.

    • C.

      The male heads of households.

    • D.

      Boys who have just turned 12.

    Correct Answer
    C. The male heads of households.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The male heads of households." This is because the question is referring to a tradition where slips of paper are drawn in the first round. In many cultures, the male heads of households hold a significant role in decision-making and are often given priority in such traditions. Therefore, it can be inferred that the male heads of households would be the ones drawing the slips of paper in the first round.

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  • 15. 

    Mrs. Hutchinson's late arrival proves to be an example of...

    • A.

      Hyperbole

    • B.

      Suspense

    • C.

      Euphemism

    • D.

      Foreshadowing

    Correct Answer
    D. Foreshadowing
    Explanation
    Mrs. Hutchinson's late arrival can be seen as foreshadowing because it hints at something significant that will happen later in the story. It suggests that her arrival will have an impact on the events that unfold, building anticipation and setting the stage for future developments. This foreshadowing technique creates suspense and prepares the reader for a potentially important moment involving Mrs. Hutchinson.

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  • 16. 

    The black spot on the slips of paper, the black box from which the slips are drawn, the fact that "Mr. Graves" is an official of the village are repeated images and symbols that may be creating a sense that death is an important feature of the story. What literary device is at work here?

    • A.

      Motif

    • B.

      Theme

    • C.

      Foreshadowing

    • D.

      Suspense

    Correct Answer
    A. Motif
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Motif". In this passage, the repeated images and symbols of the black spot, black box, and the official "Mr. Graves" create a sense of death being an important aspect of the story. A motif is a recurring element or theme that contributes to the overall meaning and symbolism in a literary work. In this case, the motif of death adds depth and significance to the story.

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