The tone of the passage is mysterious and eerie because the villagers were hesitant to help Mr. Graves. This is because they are scared and worried about the upcoming event or lottery in which one of them will be die.
The word choice of this passage are hesitation and stirred because they both describe and "showing" something instead of "telling" For example hesitant shows that the villagers didn't want to help Mr. Summers. Stirred shows the Mr. Summers mixed the papers before the drawing so that its fair.
A descriptive example of imagery in the passage is "The stool was put in the center of the square and Mr. Summers put the black box down on it" This helps the reader understand that everyone is focused on the box in the middle while Mr. Summers dropped the box on the stool.
Someone help me.
The style of this passage is suspenseful. It is suspenseful because the author kept explaining how the villagers kept their distance and they was a lot of hesitation thought the passage.
The theme of this passage is "Being kind in the present will bring you good karma in the future." This is because Mr. Martin and Baxter were kind and helped Mr. Summers and the good act of karma was neither of them being chosen for the lottery.