“The Lottery” 1. When does the lottery take place? June 27th in the summer 2.

Where does the lottery take place? Describe the setting. It takes place in the square of a village of more than 300 people. 3. How does the author, Shirley Jackson, foreshadow what is to come? The box for the lottery is black and worn away, and people keep their distance from it whenever they can. 4. What can you say about the people of the town? They treat the lottery as nothing special and mostly honor its tradition. 5. What paraphernalia is used to conduct the lottery and what attempts are made to keep the traditional ceremony? A black box is used, and although it’s older than the oldest man in the village, people don’t want a new one. 6. What role does Old Man Warner play? He’s the village elder who says that staying to tradition is best and change is foolishness. 7. The lottery is carried on by Mr. Summers, who owns the coal company, and Mr. Graves, the postmaster. What do the names and the objects hint at? “Summers” represents something new and fresh coming, while the coal company shows his profession is dirty, hinting at him being the source of this horrid ritual of change. “Graves” represents death, and his job as postmaster makes him seem the messenger or helper of death. 8. Usually a lottery is something good. When do you begin to suspect that, in this case, no one wants to “win” the lottery? Tessie Hutchinson begins crying that it wasn’t fair. 9. How does the author build tension? He drags on the process of the lottery and keeps what they “win” vague and unmentioned, despite the growing hints. 10. What is the “procedure” of the lottery?

corn be heavy soon” hint at? There will soon be a dead body buried in the fields. The villagers are determined to follow through with their tradition of stoning someone. 15. 13. What does the saying “Lottery in June. Once a “winner” is chosen. What does the story imply about human nature? Support your opinion from the story. Humans are greedy and selfish and don’t care if they harm someone else as long as they get to live. 11. even though it seems so atrocious to us.The heads of the houses draw for their families. Family members aren’t always loyal when their life is on the line. What does the story imply about religion? Support your opinion from the story. What is the reaction of Old Man Warner to the fact that in the north village “they’re talking of giving up the lottery”? He accuses them of listening to the young ones and says they’re fools to change tradition. and then each member of the family draws for themselves. 16. What does the story imply about family loyalties? Support your opinion from the story. 12. people usually don’t want to give them up. People are often stubborn and steadfast to their religion. likely so her chances of being picked decrease. even if it seems wrong. just as how Tessie Hutchinson suggested her married daughter draw with them. . just like the villagers who have forgotten most of the lottery rituals. 14. Although traditions tend to fade over time. the villagers stone them. but don’t want to stop. What does the story imply about traditions and ceremonies? Support your opinion from the story.

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