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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. Lincoln and Mary Todd are getting married, yet he seems to be in despair. Why?
(a) He discovers he loves Elizabeth Edwards, not Mary Todd.
(b) He wants to break the engagement and leave Mary Todd at the altar.
(c) Mary Todd has run off with Billy Herndon.
(d) Mary Todd has written him a letter, breaking their engagement.

2. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?
(a) Yes, he says he's at the end of his rope and must have release from the wedding.
(b) He isn't sure, but he admits having hallucinations.
(c) Yes, he knows he is losing his mind--that's why he wants to run away.
(d) No, he believes he has good reasons for his decision.

3. What is Mary Todd's lifelong dream for herself?
(a) That she will marry the President of the United States.
(b) That she will live a simple life, raising children.
(c) That she will be able to nominate Supreme Court justices.
(d) That she will become President of the United States.

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

5. Why does Lincoln return to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) Seth Gale summoned him with a letter.
(b) He has been kicked out of Springfiled for being drunk in public.
(c) Ann Rutledge is sick.
(d) The Greens have asked him to mediate in their divorce.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Act 1, Scene 3, in which Ann Rutledge dies, come to an end?

5. What are the railroad workers in Illinois doing, according to Douglas, to protest their low wages?

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