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 subject is always heavy on Lincoln's mind?
(a) That he will fail at the job of postmaster.
(b) That his partner will buy the store where Abe works and fire him.
(c) That he'll never have a chance to run for public office.
(d) That if he ever gets out of debt, he'll get right back in again.

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

3. In Scene 2, Act 4, what office is Lincoln seeking?
(a) Springfield's combined office of dogcatcher and postmaster.
(b) President of the Springfield School Board.
(c) Member of the Electoral College.
(d) President of the United States.

4. Who is Ann Rutledge?
(a) Lincoln's aunt.
(b) The woman Abe Lincoln wants to court.
(c) A nun who has taken up the monastic life in Illinois.
(d) The postmistress of New Salem.

5. What is the "good joke" Lincoln plans to tell Bowling Green at the end of Act 1, Scene 2 in the Rutledge Tavern?
(a) That Jack Armstrong, of the Clancy Groves boys, will run for the State Assembly.
(b) That a chicken crossed the road to get to the other side.
(c) That Ann Rutledge has run off to marry Josh Speed.
(d) That he will be a candidate for the assembly of the State of Illinois.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Lincoln's attitude about people before he meets Ann Rutledge?

2. What are the two professions open to people who fail at everything else, according to Lincoln's teacher?

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

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

5. What happens at the end of Act 2, Scene 4 that proves Lincoln's claim that he is a social success?

(see the answer key)

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