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Article posted October 6, 2013 at 09:44 AM GMT-5 • comment • Reads 2426

In your comment box, answer 15 of the 25 below by typing the number of the question and then the letter of your choice next to it and the page

number from the story where you got the answer.

_____ 1. The lottery was conducted at the beginning of:

a. winter b. spring c. summer d. fall

_____ 2. We know that “The Lottery” was published in The New Yorker in 1948. However, the author provides a month and day for the story, but no year. We must infer, however, that the story is set in:

a. the distant past b. modern times c. the future d. any time you want


_____ 3. How would you characterize the behavior of the children at the beginning of the story?

a. nervous b. attentive c. serious d. normal

_____ 4. Evidence in the story suggests that this is a:

a. factory town b. farming community c. suburb of a large city d. backwoods settlement

_____ 5. The children gathered together quietly before they broke into boisterous play. Boisterous means:

a. active b. annoying c. dangerous d. noisy

_____ 6. The women came to the lottery dressed pretty much alike. The “uniform” was:

a. slacks and sweater b. housedress and sweater c. blue jeans and white blouse d. shirt and sweater

_____ 7. The crowd assembled:

a. helter-skelter b. in family groups c. according to age d. in alphabetical order

_____ 8. The people felt sorry for Mr. Summers because his wife was a scold. They must have had other feelings for him as well such as:

a. respect and liking b. awe c. fear and suspicion d. a document

_____ 9. The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago. Paraphernalia means:

a. equipment b. ritual c. a sort of box d. document

_____ 10. All the fussing and talking among the officials of the lottery:

a. is typical behavior at city and town functions

b. occurs only under highly unusual circumstances

c. emphasizes the ignorance of the villagers

c. satisfies the need for ritual

_____ 11. The first settlers who conducted the lottery used:

a. straws b. tree bark c. wood chips d. paper

_____ 12. The black box was kept:

a. by the postmaster b. at Mr. Summers’ house c. under lock and key d. in various places

_____ 13. The lottery narrowed its selection:

a. by sex first and then by individuals b. alphabetically from Adams to Zanini

c. by town first and then by families d. by choosing a family and then an individual

_____ 14. The unexpected contrast between the setting and action of this story is an example of:

a. dramatic irony b. metaphor c. personification d. hyperbole

_____ 15. As the lottery begins, the author says, “most of them were quiet, wetting their lips, not looking around.” This suggests that the atmosphere is:

a. polite and friendly b. calm and relaxed c. a bit tense d. suspicious

_____ 16. The character of Mr. Summers falls into the general pattern of the story because he is:

a. rather sinister b. a very ordinary man c. an important official d. a timid man

_____ 17. When Bill draws the black spot, Mrs. Hutchinson is best characterized as:

a. resigned b. spiteful c. vengeful d. frightened

______ 18. The women tell Mrs. Hutchinson to be a good sport. In light of the story’s ending, this is an example of:

a. irony b. humor c. shock through understatement d. tension and attitude

_____ 19. “The Lottery” was written by:

a. Shirley Jones b. Shirley Jackson c. Jackson Pollack d. Shirley Summers

_____ 20. Tessie keeps saying “it isn’t fair.” The author seems to be pointing out that:

a. fairness is meaningless b. nothing is fair in life c. fairness is mot important to victims

d. victims are bad sports

_____ 21. Which one of these sayings is appropriate for this story?

a. There’s no fool like an old fool.

b. It takes two to make a quarrel.

c. Peace in our time.

d. Children learn by doing.

_____ 22. One way that the author creates an ordinary, down-home atmosphere in the story is by:

a. providing the characters with Southern accents

b. using simple language

c. long descriptions of the countryside

d. emphasizing the stoning ritual

_____ 23. Tradition is represented symbolically by:

a. Mr. Summers b. the children c. the black box d. the three-legged stool

____ 24. Tessies’ behavior after Bill Hutchinson draws the black spot is:

a. shrewd b. defensive c. cowardly d. unsportsmanlike

_____ 25. Which of the following statements best describes how the author handles her characters in the story?

a. They are only slightly developed.

b. Readers are made to understand characters in depth.

c. Physical descriptions are important to story development.

d. There is no character development.


Article posted October 6, 2013 at 09:44 AM GMT-5 • comment • Reads 2426

Article posted September 20, 2013 at 07:26 AM GMT-5 • comment • Reads 158

Answer any 5 of the following by finding where the answer is IN THE PLAY and writing the page number next to the number of the question you are answering. For instance:

1. What is the first disturbing event that grabs the neighborhood’s attention?

You would type in the comment box:

1. 246 - the roar overhead

2. What are two of the strange, out-of-the-ordinary things that people begin to notice that make them wonder what is going on?

3. What does Tommy suggest is the cause of all of their problems?

4. What is the neighborhood’s initial reaction to Tommy’ story?

5. Who is the first neighbor suspected?

6. What activity does Ned do that makes him suspicious?

7. What act of craziness does Charley perform as the hysteria grows?

8. What about Steve eventually makes him suspicious to his neighbors?

9. Why does it seem logical to the crowd that Tommy could be the monster?

10. What begins to happen that suddenly gets others blamed?

11. Who has been causing all of these things to happen and why?

12. Who are the real “monsters” on Maple St. and why?

Article posted September 20, 2013 at 07:26 AM GMT-5 • comment • Reads 158

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