Come Along with Me
A haunting and psychologically driven collection from Shirley Jackson that includes her best-known story "The Lottery" At last, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" enters Penguin Classics, sixty-five years after it shocked America audiences and elicited the most responses of any piece in New Yorker history. In her gothic visions of small-town America, Jackson, the author of such masterworks as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, turns an ordinary world into a supernatural nightmare. This eclectic collection goes beyond her horror writing, revealing the full spectrum of her literary genius. In addition to Come Along with Me, Jackson's unfinished novel about the quirky inner life of a lonely widow, it features sixteen short stories and three lectures she delivered during her last years.
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What does this highlighted passage tell the reader about her personality?
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Watch the video on textual evidence and inference. Then, reread the highlighted passage. What could we infer about Hughie from her statement? (This annotation contains a video)
What can we infer from the statement the speaker makes in the highlighted section?
The speaker has mentioned a couple of times, "if Hughie comes back." What does this mean?
Why is the character so concerned about choosing a name?
Watch the video on verbal irony. Reread the scene between Angela Motorman and Mrs. Faun. How is Angela using verbal irony? (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Angela think she will like Mrs. Faun?
Why are the women comparing stories of people and their health issues?
Why is this highlighted statement from Mrs. Faun one that ensures Angela will like her?
Why do others think Tom should be smarter?
Is Angela being mean or honest in her conversation with Tom?
How is it ironic that Hughie was her only mistake?
Angela is recalling her life and her experience with speaking to dead people. This is called divination and she is considered a medium. How does this information change how you view Angela knowing she is a medium, instead of just someone who believes in ghosts?
What is Angela's solution to her interactions with ghosts and with people in the real world?
What is Angela trying to run away from?
Angela Motorman appears to have settled into a life. What is one indicator that she is still trying to hide?
What is Mrs. Faun's main concern about the seance?
What is ironic about Angela's seance?
Below is a depiction of what a seance looks like. Notice how the spirit is behind her. Compare this scene to the one Angela is describing. (This annotation contains an image)
Mrs. Faun calls Angela a crackpot, but she attends the seance. Why?
Watch the video on personification. How does the highlighted passage use personification to paint a picture of Angela's mood? (This annotation contains a video)
Come Along With Me Quiz
What does the speaker mean by "uncaring inflections"?
Why is Janice telling everyone she almost killed herself this afternoon?
What inference can you make about Tootie based on the highlighted passage?
Watch the video about point of view and cultural perspective. This story is told in America, but with a very different point of view and cultural perspective than we have today. How do you know this by the highlighted conversation? (This annotation contains a video)
What is Julie's largest frustration with Tootie?
Why would being a German spy be a bad thing in this time period?
Why is Tootie leaving?
In this opening paragraph, the author paints a picture of the Garlands. What do we know about them from this description?
Why doesn't Mrs. Garland want Virginia to spend time with Millie?
What emotion is motivating Mrs. Garland's dislike of Millie?
What is Mr. Garland suggesting to Millie in this conversation?
What is Catherine's father's opinion of her?
How does the author use imagery to emphasize Aaron's importance to Catherine?
How have Catherine's background experiences affected her view on beauty?
Why does Catherine see the party as a failure?
Do you think Catherine is an ungrateful child?
Catherine has previously stated that beauty is not important, but now she is wearing makeup. What is motivating her change of heart?
Watch the video on simile and metaphor. How does Aaron use similes to express his passion for Catherine? (This annotation contains a video)
Why do Catherine's parents disapprove of Aaron?
What does the highlighted passage say about John Senior's job?
What does Margaret feel towards John Senior?
What is ironic in this situation?
Watch the video about figurative versus literal meaning. When Margaret is speaking about "the stranger" which language is she using? (This annotation contains a video)
What is the irony in the ending of this story?
What is motivating the Allisons to stay past Labor Day?
After having several conversations where people are saying that they never knew anyone who stayed past Labor Day on the lake, what is the mood? Is this foreshadowing? (This annotation contains a video)
What problems are the Allisons realizing they may have now?
The Allisons are angry and feeling inconvenienced. What are the year-round people feeling?
Given their recent experiences, what should the Allisons assume about the man at the gas station?
Why are the Allisons upset by their sons letter?
How have the Allisons' moods affected their surroundings?
According to the opening paragraph, how is Mrs. Montague living?
How does Miss Oakes feel about Mrs. Montague's wealth?
How do the changes of weather reflect the changes in Mrs. Montague's moods?
Which pairing best describes Miss Oakes relationship with Mrs. Montague?
How has the change in point of view from Miss Oakes to Mrs. Montage changed your understanding of Mrs. Montague?
Who does the parrot represent to Mrs. Montague?
How does Mrs. Montague demonstrate her acknowledgement of Miss Oakes?
How eager is Margaret to visit Carla's home?
What disturbs Margaret about the room with mirrors?
What assumption can be made about Margaret from the highlighted passage?
Why might this be disturbing to Margaret?
Who can we infer Margaret was really brought to see?
This is the third time Margaret has mentioned the tower, and Carla has ignored her or changed subjects. What does this suggest about the tower?
Why does Carla seem overprotective of Margaret?
The rest of the family was eager for Paul's return, but Aunt Margaret is not. Why?
What is the old lady trying to say?
How are Aunt Margaret and Paul speaking with each other?
What does the emphasis of the singular pronouns in the captain's pronouncement mean in the context of the highlighted passage?
Who is Carla's brother?
How has Margaret become a fixture in the house?
Charles and Paula know that Virginia is a romantic. By the description in the highlighted passage, what are Paula and Charles?
Why is this vacation something special?
How have Paula's feelings toward the landlord's cold reception colored the description of the house?
Why is the fact that this house is where they decided to vacation a good thing for all of them?
Why does the landlady want Paula to meet this other guest?
What is off-putting about the other guest?
What motivates the landlady to separate Virginia and Paula?
What is Mr. Johnson trying to do? Is he being comforting or is he coaxing Paula into a depression?
How is the author using foreshadowing to create an atmosphere of mystery and tension in the story?
How has Paula's perspective of the island and the sea changed?
Who is Mr. Johnson? Why is he on the island?
How does focusing on the events the suitcase has been present for serve to detach the woman from what has happened to her?
What phrase in the highlighted passage shows that Elsa has been planning this for a long time?
Why is Elsa amazed that no one has figured out her secret?
Why is Elsa flirting with the stranger?
Is Don taking her leaving seriously?
What is happening to Elsa as she walks to dinner?
Why will Elsa return to Don and her marriage?
Why is everyone reacting as if five girls having a pajama party is the end of the world?
What present does Jannie want the most?
Why is the mother being ungracious?
Why is Laurie so gloomy?
How does Jannie likely feel about Jimmy Watson?
Whose perspective is this story told by?
What type of relationship does Louisa have with her family?
Why is buying the round-trip ticket important?
Louisa has been planning on running away for a long time. What finally makes her leave?
Is kidnapping a natural conclusion for people to come to in this circumstance?
Did Louisa want to return home or was it just bad luck?
What is ironic about Louisa returning home?
Why shouldn't the character think about how her aunt died?
Why will it be strange to come downstairs and breakfast in the house?
How did the aunt die according to Miss Caroline?
Why did Miss Caroline suggest that Aunt was murdered?
Does the ticket salesman hate Miss Harper? Or is it the fact that she is buying a ticket so close to the departure time?
Why should she panic?
What is Miss Harper feeling at this moment?
What does the highlighted passage tell us about Miss Harper's situation?
What is unsettling about where the young men take Miss Harper?
Why is Miss Harper confusing where she is with her childhood?
Fourteen Short Stories Quiz
What is useful in fiction writing?
How is choosing the perspective of the chauffeur an interesting choice?
What does using the simile of a puppy attacking an old shoe do for us as readers?
How are authors' experiences helpful for readers?
The grippe is a fierce form of the flu. It can cripple a person for several days to weeks because of its severity.
How is having the grippe affecting everyone's sleeping habits?
How did each member of the family contribute to their own sickness puzzle?
If the editor and publisher didn't particularly like it, what compelled them to print it?
In the highlighted passage, a friend heard another man commenting on the story. What can we infer that man thought of the story?
What would you feel if you had done what Mrs. Jackson did?
Has reading these reactions increased your interest in reading the story "The Lottery"?
Can you think of another story in which the entire town meets in the square annually like this?
What does the condition of the box tell us about this tradition?
How do the townspeople view the lottery?
How is the lottery impartial? How is it personal?
What does the town do to Tessie?
Why do you not have to describe every detail in you story?
Why is she explaining dialogue with such detail?
What is the author's advice regaring "coloring words"?
Three Lectures With Two Stories Quz
How does the author make sure that an ambiguous ending still gives the reader satisfaction?