1. Consider the symbolism of the names in the story, such as Mr. Summers, Mr. Graves, Old Man Warner, Tessie Hutchinson. Why did Shirley Jackson name her characters as such?
2. Does it freak you out at all that the setting of this story seems to be any-small-town-USA? If so, what makes the setting so creepy?
3. In my opinion, both tone and mood are essential to convey Jackson's message. Do you agree? In an effort to review literary terminology and prepare for the AP exam, you may wish to define these elements of literature and explain how you view both throughout "The Lottery."