Abe Lincoln in Illinois Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 2, Scene 9.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the debate, Douglas says Lincoln appears innocent but is very good at doing something dangerous with his words. What is it?
(a) Inserting daggers between an opponent's ribs.
(b) Tossing verbal lightning bolts with lethal force.
(c) Aiming verbal volleys with the accuracy of a sharpshooter.
(d) Flinging words like David flung stones.

2. What does Lincoln's companion think of Lincoln's plan for his wedding?
(a) He's distressed and offers to deliver the news himself.
(b) He believes everything will work out fine, once Lincoln has a drink or two.
(c) He thinks Lincoln is being too brutal, at least in the way he intends to deliver the news.
(d) He agrees that Lincoln is making the right decision, for the right reasons.

3. According to Josh, how is Lincoln doing in the State Assembly?
(a) Fabulously well; he's shown himself to be a natural leader.
(b) Not well; he sits and draws his three dollars a day without paying attention.
(c) Not well; he's been rabble-rousing with speeches against slavery.
(d) Great; he's getting kickbacks for legislation he sponsors.

4. What piece of advice does Ninian Andrews give Lincoln concerning Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 6?
(a) He says Lincoln should keep a tight rein on her ambitions and delusions of grandeur.
(b) He tells Lincoln that Mary Todd should be committed to a hospital.
(c) He suggests giving in to her every whim in order to keep life happy.
(d) He says Lincoln should always follow her advice because she has a good head for politics.

5. How does Lincoln describe Douglas' verbal skills?
(a) He slings arrows like Zeus.
(b) He juggles bullets.
(c) He keeps 10 daggers flashing in the air.
(d) He uses smoke and mirrors.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lincoln feel after Ann's death?

2. Who is with Lincoln at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?

3. In Act 2, Scene 6, Lincoln sits at his desk on the day he is to be married. What day of the year is it?

4. In the debate, Lincoln accuses Douglas of pandering to both sides of the slavery issue. What does he mean?

5. Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law clerk, arrives in Act 2, Scene 6. What is his condition?

(see the answer key)

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