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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 3, Scene 10.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How much would Lincoln be paid as a member of the legislature?
(a) $3 a day.
(b) Nothing, it's a volunteer job.
(c) $2.50 a day.
(d) $5 a day.

2. How does Lincoln jokingly describe, in Act 2, Scene 5, the act of defending a murder suspect?
(a) "Spinning doubt as thick as a black widow's web."
(b) "Whipping such a blizzard of words as to keep justice slipping and sliding."
(c) "Tossing enough hot potatos to keep a judge from telling which one is rotten."
(d) "Doing what I can to obstruct the orderly processes of justice."

3. What does Lincoln do that impresses Ninian Edwards in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Lincoln punches a bully who is threatening Ann Rutledge.
(b) Lincoln announces there is free pie in the town square.
(c) Lincoln gets everyone's attention by firing his pistol at the ceiling.
(d) Lincoln diffuses the tension with the Clancy Groves boys.

4. Why does Mary agree to the public humiliation of taking Lincoln back after two years?
(a) She will control Lincoln by using his shame about their broken engagement.
(b) She never worries about what others think of her.
(c) Lincoln promises to make a public declaration of his undying love on the courthouse steps.
(d) The humiliation will be wiped out by "ultimate triumph."

5. What is the essential element Lincoln's party is seeking in a presidential candidate when they ask him to run?
(a) An anti-slavery attitude.
(b) A willingness to raise taxes.
(c) The ability to get elected.
(d) A strong military policy.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act 2, Scene 4, who arrives unexpectedly at Lincoln's office to visit?

2. How does Mary Todd describe her part in the break-up of the engagement to Lincoln?

3. Who is Ann Rutledge?

4. What is Lincoln's response to a poem he reads regarding life and death?

5. How does Mary Todd characterize the life her sister and brother-in-law have chosen?

(see the answer key)

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