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The Lottery

April 15th, 2013 · No Comments · Intermediate, Short Stories

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) had no idea of the angry reaction that her short story “The Lottery” would cause when it first appeared in New Yorker Magazine in 1948. This ing story tells of how a group of otherwise “normal” people can be so influenced by collective or mentality that they do inhuman things. This was shortly after World War Two, as Americans were learning of the horrors of German , Japanese in the Asia Pacific, and their own use of the . The story suggests that such things could also happen in a small American town. Was the problem that this was too close to the truth for the U.S.A.’s South?

Resources
Our Story (3550 words) epub pdf read online
Original Story epub pdf read & listen mp3
Radio Play: 1951 epub pdf read & listen mp3
Video: 2007 watch online

The words and expressions in our Simplified English story which are not in our Intermediate Level 1800 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

(v: disturbs, disturbed, disturbing) 1. To stop (someone) from working, sleeping, etc.; to interrupt or bother someone or something. (รบกวน) 2. To worry or upset someone; to trouble emotionally or mentally. (ทำให้วุ่นวาย) 3000

(n) A large group or crowd of people who are angry or violent or difficult to control. (ฝูงชนที่กำลังสับสนอลหม่าน) 5000

(n) Prisons where large numbers of people who are not soldiers are kept during a war and are usually forced to live in very bad conditions. (ค่ายกักกัน)

(plural form of atrocity) (n) Very cruel or terrible acts or actions. (ความโหดร้าย) 9000

(n) A bomb that produces a very powerful explosion when atoms are split apart. (ระเบิดปรมาณู)

(adj) Normal for a person, thing, or group; average or usual. (ตามแบบฉบับ) 2000

(adj) A person or group of people who believe that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. ( เกี่ยวกับลัทธิชนชาติ, ผู้เหยียดผิว) 3000

(n) A piece of cloth worn over the front of the body over clothes to keep them from getting dirty. (ผ้ากันเปื้อน) 5000

(v: assembles, assembled, assembling) To collect (things) or gather (people) into one place or group. (รวมตัว) 2000

(adj) (of paper) Without any writing, marks, or pictures. (ว่างเปล่า) 2000

(n) A large hole that was formed by natural processes in the side of a cliff or hill or under the ground, especially one that has an entry to the surface. (ถ้ำ) 4000

(n: plural ceremonies) A formal act that is a part of an important event. (พิธีการ) 5000

1. (adj) Feeling or showing happiness. 2. (adj) Causing good feelings or happiness. (ที่ทำให้รู้สึกสดชื่น) 4000

1. (adj) Mentally ill; affected with madness or insanity. (บ้า) 2. Very foolish or unreasonable. (ไร้เหตุผล) 3000

(v: fades, faded, fading) To (make something) lose strength, color, loudness etc. (เลือน) 3000

(v: folds, folded, folding) To bend one part (of something such as cloth, paper etc.) over or against another part. (พับ) To fold your arms or hands means to put one arm or hand over the other arm or hand in a way that keeps them together. (กอดหรือประสาน แขน) 3000

1. (adj) Done in a proper and serious manner. 2. (adj) Done according to a fixed and accepted way. (ทางการ) 2000

(n) Information about the behavior and personal lives of other people, not always truthful. (การนินทา) 4000

1. (adj) Moving in a smooth and attractive way. 2. Having a smooth and pleasing shape or style. (นุ่มนวล) 2000

1. (adj) To look serious and formal in what you are doing. (ตรึงเครียด) 2. (n) A piece of ground, or the hole dug in it, in a cemetery in which a dead person is buried. (หลุมศพ) 4000

(n) Originally, a store that sells 'groceries' - foodstuffs and household supplies in tins, packets, jars, boxes, etc. In modern times, grocery stores have developed into supermarkets which sell many more things such as meat, fruit, vegetables, etc. Today the term groceries is used for all of these things. (ร้านขายของชำ) 4000

(n) A festival celebrated on October 31 each year in the United States, Canada, and the Britain where children go to houses dressed up as ghosts, witches, monsters, etc. and ask for candy. 7000

(n) The people in a family or other group that are living together in one house. (ครัวเรือน) 2000

(n) A system used to decide who will get or be given something by choosing names or numbers by chance. (สลากกินแบ่งรัฐบาล) 7000

(v: nods, nodded, nodding) To move your head up and down as a way of answering 'yes' or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval. (พยักหน้า) 3000

(n) A short stop; a period of time in which something is stopped before it is started again. (การหยุดชั่วขณะ) 3000

(v: pronounces, pronounced, pronouncing) 1. To make the sound of (a word or letter) with your voice. 2. To speak words or sounds in a certain way. (เปล่งเสียง) 3000

(v: sighs, sighed, sighing) To take in and let out a long, loud breath in a way that shows you are bored, disappointed, unhappy, relieved, etc. (ถอนหายใจ) 4000

(n) A simple seat for one person with no back or arms. (ม้านั่งไม่มีพนักซึ่งมี 3 หรือ 4 ขา) 5000

(n) A very quiet sound, especially something said. (การกระซิบ; การส่งเสียงเบา ๆ) (v: whispers, whispered, whispering) To speak or say something very softly. (กระซิบ) 5000

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