2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say?”6 They were using this question as a trap,in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stoneat her.”8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
QUESTIONS FOR “THE LOTTERY”
1. When and how often does the lottery occur?
2. What have the surrounding villages been doing recently in regard to this event?
3. What happens to the “winner” of this lottery?
4. What surprised you about this story?
5. What action in the introduction foreshadows the conclusion?
6. How does the emphasis on the details of ordinary life and the traditions surrounding the lottery affect the mood of the story?
7. How does the writer build suspense?
8. Is Mrs. Hutchinson a sympathetic character? Explain.
9. Why do you think the village keeps up the lottery tradition?
CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE FOR “THE LOTTERY” In a paragraph of at least 5 sentences, explain how this short story relates to either The Crucible or The Scarlet Letter AND how it relates to the essential question of “Do People Get What They Deserve?”
QUESTIONS FOR “THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY” 1. Why have the scribes and Pharisees brought this woman before Jesus?
2. By what authority do the scribes and Pharisees feel justified in stoning h er?
3. What is their reaction after Jesus’ statement?
4. Twice in this passage, Jesus bends down and writes on the ground with his finger. How might this have affected the situation?
5. How do Jesus’ reactions to the woman’s accusers relate to his message in this story?
CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE FOR “THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY” English III:
In a paragraph of at least 5 sentences, explain how this story relates to the essential question of “Do People Get What They Deserve?” What does it say about the granting of mercy in such situations?
English III Honors:
In a paragraph of at least 5 sentences, explain how the Puritan reaction to Hester’s adultery is ironic in light of this passage from the New Testament.