What is Shirley pointing out when Tessie keeps saying that "it wasn't fair"?Multiple Choice (please choose): The author seems to be pointing out that: (a) "fairness" is meaningless; (b) noting is...

What is Shirley pointing out when Tessie keeps saying that "it wasn't fair"?

Multiple Choice (please choose): The author seems to be pointing out that: (a) "fairness" is meaningless; (b) noting is fair in life; (c) fairness is most important to victims; (d) victims are bad sports.

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The answer that closest completes the sentence is choice A: Fairness is meaningless.

The reason for this is because Tessie is the first person in the village that actually questions the fairness and purpose of the celebration of the lottery. As a former active participant herself, we can assume that she never wondered about it until the day when her turn comes. Moreover, since she does not get an answer and gets stoned to death by her fellow villagers, it means clearly that to the people of her community fairness is completely meaningless.

Choice B- nothing is fair in life is a general statement that would apply to anything and not directly to the main idea of the story. This story is about ONE specific event not being fair for a certain population.

Choices C and D do not have anything to do with the story. Choice C states that fairness is most important to the victims, which just does not make sense and the last choice that says that Victims cannot be bad "sports" does not make sense either because victims do not consent to whatever is done to them.

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pnichani | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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The answer apparently was letter C on the answer sheet; fairness is most important to victims.

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