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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. What are the railroad workers in Illinois doing, according to Douglas, to protest their low wages?
(a) Looking for jobs in other industries.
(b) They are striking, refusing to work.
(c) They are marching, singing "I've been working on the railroad."
(d) Nothing--they can't afford to offend their employers.

2. How does the playwright describe the appearance of Stephen Douglas as he takes the stage to debate Lincoln?
(a) "The judge is an elfin man, with a voice to match."
(b) "He is a brief but magnetic man, confident of his power."
(c) "He is a titan, with a voice that rolls like thunder."
(d) "Muscular and tall, Judge Douglas commands attention with his merest glance."

3. Where is Abe Lincoln staying while in New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) With Ann Rutledge's family.
(b) In a barn belonging to Josh Speed.
(c) At the home of Bowling and Nancy Green.
(d) In Rutledge's Tavern.

4. Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law clerk, arrives in Act 2, Scene 6. What is his condition?
(a) He's suffering from an early case of swine flu.
(b) He has quit drinking and is sober.
(c) He's drunk, as usual.
(d) He's debilitated by swamp fever.

5. What is Lincoln's new attitude toward God after Ann's death?
(a) He can't pray to a God that needlessly allowed Ann to die.
(b) He knows if he had prayed day and night, Ann would have lived.
(c) He becomes an atheist.
(d) He accepts that "the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away."

Short Answer Questions

1. Ninian Andrews arrives at Lincoln's office and learns about a sad event. What is it?

2. What legal case established that slaves should be considered property?

3. To which of Shakespeare's characters does Douglas compare Lincoln?

4. How does the weather complement Lincoln's mood when he arrives at the home of the Greens' with news of Ann's death?

5. What is Josh Speed's understanding of Lincoln's personality?

(see the answer key)

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