The Lottery Questions
1. Through “The Lottery”, what point does Shirley Jackson make about tradition?
In the lottery, they mention that they only follow the whole tradition is because that's the only thing that they know what to do.
2. What foreshadowing clues does Shirley Jackson incorporate into her story?
In the beginning, all of the kids started to gather many rocks is because they knew what was going to happen in the future.
3. What is the setting for “The Lottery”? Why is that so important to the theme of the story?
The setting for “The Lottery” is June 27th. It is important is because it doesn't say any detail what year it was or anything like that. It also represents that it can happen anywhere
4. What mood does “The Lottery” instill in it’s readers? How does it do this?
It would instill a good mood once you first started reading. It did this in the beginning when it said it was a nice beautiful day and how it was all like a normal town. Then as we progressed into the story , it started seem a little darker as we read.
5. What do we know about when the lottery was started?
We know that the head of the families, most likely the men, would go up and take a piece of paper from a box and then every individual of the families would take a piece of paper from the box.
6. How do the townspeople feel about making changes to the lottery? How do you know?
The townspeople don’t matter about making the changes during the lottery. I know this is because they didn’t say anything to stop making the change. The little they don't mind but they don't want to change the lottery.
7. What is the general attitude of the townspeople as they wait for the lottery to begin?
The general attitude of the townspeople as they waited for the lottery to begin was that they were nervous.
8. What specific evidence in the text helped you determine this?
Evidence said that the majority of the people stood away from the stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed. This shows that they didn’t really want the lottery to begin.
9. Is the lottery a collective act of murder? Is it morally justified? Is tradition sufficient justification for such actions? How would you respond to cultures that are different from ours that perform “strange” rituals?
The lottery is not a collective act of murder. In our society it would be an act of murder. They don’t know what is right from wrong is because the whole concept of the lottery is tradition and they don’t know why they do it. They just do it since they’ve been doing it for a really long time.
10. What genre of literature would you classify this story? Why?
I would choose the genre “mystery” is because they don’t know why they keep doing the lottery each and every year. They only do it is because they know it’s tradition.