Abe Lincoln in Illinois Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 2, Scene 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What reason does Lincoln give in Act 2, Scene 4 for turning down the opportunity to speak against slavery?
(a) He is pro-slavery.
(b) The sponsoring organization is "a pack of hell-raising fanatics."
(c) He has a date on the night of the rally.
(d) He is feuding with the president of the organization that wants him to speak.

2. What does Billy Herndon urge Lincoln's friends to do, as Herndon leaves the office in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Introduce Lincoln to a good woman to marry.
(b) Drag him out of the stagnant pool in which he is drowning himself.
(c) Take Lincoln out to dinner and get him drunk.
(d) Dunk Lincoln in the river to wash away his stubborn streak.

3. What is Lincoln's response to a poem he reads regarding life and death?
(a) He finds it strange: "I don't get the meaning of it, at all."
(b) It depresses him: "Life is sure 'nuff short, why think about death?"
(c) He likes it: "It sure is good...it's fine!
(d) He is inspired to write his own poetry: "I've got a thought, Teacher, give me a pencil."

4. How does Act 1, Scene 3, in which Ann Rutledge dies, come to an end?
(a) The scene ends with a prayer spoken by Nancy Green.
(b) The scene ends with only a beam of light from Abe's attic illuminating the stage.
(c) The scene concludes with Lincoln on his knees in the attic, sobbing.
(d) The scene ends when Lincoln stumbles offstage, leaving his friends worried about his fate.

5. Who admits being the one who suggested recruiting Lincoln to run for office?
(a) Ann Rutledge.
(b) Seth Gale.
(c) Jack Armstrong.
(d) Josh Speed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the local gossip in New Salem about Ann Rutledge?

2. According to Nancy Green in Act 1, Scene 3, why can't Lincoln face life without a woman by his side?

3. What is the subject of the speech Lincoln is studying in the first scene?

4. What is Billy Herndon's flaw?

5. What is the setting of the first scene of Abe Lincoln in Illinois?

(see the answer key)

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