Quiz on The Lottery

by Shirley Jackson

A Quiz on "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson with a rubric for assessment

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Answer 5 of the following questions in detail. Provide examples from the story and pay attention to grammar and sentence structure. (5x20)

1. From the context of the story, who controls the town? Explain. What do you think about this kind of control?

2. Is structure of the town and the lottery democratic? Explain. How do you feel about it?

3. What is one of the themes of “The Lottery”? How does it relate to you?



4. How were women viewed in the village? What roles did they serve? Give examples from the text to support your answer. How do you feel about this issue?



5. What does Mrs. Delacroix’s extra-large stone say about the loyalty and logic in “the Lottery”? What does the large stone represent? How might she justify the killing of Tessie? How did you feel about the town people's actions in The Lottery?


6. How does Shirley Jackson trivialize the grave practice of the community’s traditional stoning, and what message might Jackson be trying to convey to the reader through the treatment of the characters’ behavior? How do you feel about this?



7. How does Shirley Jackson’s choice to withhold the ultimate purpose of this tradition until the end of the story prove to be an effective way to communicate with her readers? How did you feel at the end as a result of not knowing?


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