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Lines 237–242: Examine the discussion of households and families in these lines. Explain what Mr. Summers means when he distinguishes between family and household. Why does Jackson include this information?

"All right, folks." Mr. Summers said. "Let's finish quickly." Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones. The pile of stones the boys had made earlier was ready; there were stones on the ground with the blowing scraps of paper that had come out of the box. Delacroix selected a stone so large she had to pick it up with both hands and turned to Mrs. Dunbar. "Come on," she said. "Hurry up."

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More than one family might have comprised a household. In this, Bill Hutchinson was the head of the family and household, thus, he chose for both. Once the family was chosen, they received their papers accordingly, and only one would hold the winning ticket. This information tells us that everyone was included in one way or another.


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