The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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  • 1. 
    1. Describe how the village looks on the day of the lottery.
    • A. 

      Very metropolitan with shiny glass commercial buildings

    • B. 

      Neat houses, green lawns and flowers everywhere

    • C. 

      Gloomy and cold with gray houses

    • D. 

      Dusty, dry with paint peeling off the houses

  • 2. 
    2. How many people live in the village?
    • A. 

      About 300

    • B. 

      Less than 100

    • C. 

      3,446

    • D. 

      Just under a thousand

  • 3. 
    3. What are people gathering in the town square?
    • A. 

      There is a band concert in the morning.

    • B. 

      They are voting on whether to discontinue the lottery.

    • C. 

      The mayor is making a speech.

    • D. 

      It is the annual lottery day.

  • 4. 
    4. What is the traditional job of the village boys on Lottery Day?
    • A. 

      They play an exhibition football game before the lottery.

    • B. 

      They collect stones and bring them to the town square.

    • C. 

      They form an honor guard for the lottery box.

    • D. 

      They keep the younger children off of the grass.

  • 5. 
    5. Which stones are the most prized for use in the lottery?
    • A. 

      Shiny, decorative ones

    • B. 

      Hard, jagged ones

    • C. 

      Smooth, round ones

    • D. 

      Heavy, flat ones

  • 6. 
    6. What is the date of the lottery?
    • A. 

      July 4th

    • B. 

      February 2nd

    • C. 

      June 27th

    • D. 

      April 1st

  • 7. 
    9. In a large village, how long might the lottery last?
    • A. 

      All day because they have more activities in the square.

    • B. 

      An hour because the slips were mailed to people.

    • C. 

      Not long because of better equipment.

    • D. 

      As much as seven days.

  • 8. 
    10. What are the men doing before it is time for the lottery to begin?
    • A. 

      Standing together and talking politics.

    • B. 

      Standing together and talking about women.

    • C. 

      Standing in a group but not talking.

    • D. 

      Standing in a group talking about tractors and rain.

  • 9. 
    11. What are the women doing before the lottery?
    • A. 

      Standing together and gossiping.

    • B. 

      Putting up the bunting.

    • C. 

      Avoiding each others eyes.

    • D. 

      Running around looking for their children.

  • 10. 
    12. How do they assemble when it is time to begin the ceremony?
    • A. 

      In double file lines.

    • B. 

      Making a huge circle in the town square.

    • C. 

      Crowding forward to try to be first to draw,.

    • D. 

      Coming together in family groups.

  • 11. 
    13. What is being used for the first time this year?
    • A. 

      Slips of paper instead of wood chips

    • B. 

      A new black box

    • C. 

      Black and white ping pong balls

    • D. 

      A bigger stool

  • 12. 
    14. What serious formality occurs before the lottery begins?
    • A. 

      The singing of the village anthem

    • B. 

      The swearing in of the officials

    • C. 

      The pledge of allegiance

    • D. 

      The blessing of the box

  • 13. 
    15. What is Mr. Zanini's distinction at the lottery?
    • A. 

      He is the last one to draw a slip from the black box.

    • B. 

      He is the first one to draw in the lottery.

    • C. 

      He is the oldest man at the lottery.

    • D. 

      He is the only single man there.

  • 14. 
    16.  What sound is heard as the papers are opened?
    • A. 

      Nothing. It is very quiet.

    • B. 

      The school marching band.

    • C. 

      Lil Wayne

    • D. 

      The women speaking all at once.

  • 15. 
    17. What is the procedure after Bill reveals that his family is the one?
    • A. 

      Slips will be put in the box for every member of the Hutchinson family.

    • B. 

      The youngest Hutchinson will claim the prize.

    • C. 

      The village people will vote for their favorite Hutchinson family member.

    • D. 

      The Hutchinson family will draw straws to see who takes the prize.

  • 16. 
    18.  Who needs help from Mr. Graves to open his slip?
    • A. 

      Tessie

    • B. 

      All of the children

    • C. 

      Little Dave Hutchinson

    • D. 

      The youngest daugter

  • 17. 
    19. Who will participate in the ritual?
    • A. 

      All of Tessie's friends, neighbors and family members

    • B. 

      The women only because Tessie is a woman

    • C. 

      The children only because it is their holiday.

    • D. 

      Only the men of the village

  • 18. 
    20. What type of story is The Lottery?
    • A. 

      A comedy

    • B. 

      A satire

    • C. 

      A history

    • D. 

      A drama

  • 19. 
    21. What is Jackson's main theme in this short story?
    • A. 

      The foolishness of blindly following tradition

    • B. 

      The value of human life

    • C. 

      The need for tradition in small towns

    • D. 

      The need for change in a community

  • 20. 
    22.  What is the tone as the story begins?
    • A. 

      Dry like a newspaper article

    • B. 

      An average day with overcast sky

    • C. 

      Dreary and ominous

    • D. 

      Cheerful, bright and colorful

  • 21. 
    23. What is Jackson's first element of surprise in the story?
    • A. 

      Mr. Summers changing the tradition

    • B. 

      Mr. Graves forgetting the stool

    • C. 

      Tessie being late for the lottery

    • D. 

      The boys gathering stones

  • 22. 
    24. What holiday is mentioned in the story that suggests this village is in America?
    • A. 

      Christmas

    • B. 

      The 4th of July

    • C. 

      Halloween

    • D. 

      Groundhog Day

  • 23. 
    25. How do most of the villagers appear to regard the lottery?
    • A. 

      They hate it.

    • B. 

      They are confused by it.

    • C. 

      They look forward to it.

    • D. 

      They do not like the suspense.