Irony and Theme in "The Lottery"

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After reading “The Lottery” and noting your impression and completing the multiple choice quiz, submit answers to the following:

1.  What is the irony of the text’s title? How do the fundamentals of “a lottery” (i.e. the various state run “Jackpot” lotteries) differ and relate to the one portrayed in this story?

2. What is the implication behind Old Man Warner’s remark, “it’s not the way it used to be. People ain’t the way they used to be,” as the Hutchinson’s make the final draw? What is Mrs. Hutchinson’s demeanor at the end of the story? What is your reaction to this outcome?

3. What is the theme for this text?  Decide what the author is trying to uncover about human nature and social order. Connect this to the theme for this text.  

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