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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: Summary & Analysis

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What is the main theme of Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery?'

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1. What happens to the 'winner' in Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery?'

2. When Shirley Jackson writes in 'The Lottery,' 'the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them,' to whom is she referring?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'The Lottery' is a short story by Shirley Jackson, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of it. You'll be assessed on your understanding of the characters, plot and themes of the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Plot of 'The Lottery'
  • Characters
  • Themes of 'The Lottery'

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply concepts of tradition to examine the theme of the story through different points of view
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characters of 'The Lottery' and what they represent
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding to answer questions about this short story

Additional Learning

To learn more about this short story, review the following lesson titled, 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson: Summary & Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the story of 'The Lottery'
  • Know important characters and lines from the story
  • Examine the instances of foreshadowing
  • Analyze the theme of tradition
  • Understand how this short story commented on society and events of the time and continues to be relevant
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