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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 does Mary Todd characterize the life her sister and brother-in-law have chosen?
(a) She recognizes their lives are adventurous, with no boundaries.
(b) She says they live in a house with fences, not to keep others out, but to keep themselves from escaping their own narrow lives.
(c) She says they live fearful lives, surrounded by fences designed to keep the world at arm's length.
(d) She calls them reckless and irresponsible because they have invested in too many rental properties.

2. What is the setting of Act 2, Scene 5 and what does it convey about the occupants?
(a) The setting is a grand ballroom and it conveys the gala celebration of political victory.
(b) The setting is Ninian Edwards' home and it conveys a sense of genteel poverty.
(c) The setting is the parlor of Ninian Edwards' home and it conveys a comfortable upper-class life.
(d) The setting is Lincoln's log cabin and it conveys a feeling of bachelor solitude.

3. What opinion does Elizabeth Edwards have of Abe Lincoln?
(a) She says he has a simple soul and is a most amiable creature, but not suitable as a husband.
(b) She calls him elegant, cultivated and likely to be rich some day soon.
(c) She thinks he's divinely good-looking, but shiftless.
(d) Compared to other men, he would be at the top of her list of potential husbands.

4. What is Lincoln's attitude about people before he meets Ann Rutledge?
(a) It's best not to get too close to people; they see the insanity behind the surface.
(b) All people are to a degree insane, but that shouldn't stop one from getting close to them.
(c) Getting close to others is the best antidote in the world to loneliness.
(d) The best thing is to take a vow of silence in order not to be bothered by fools.

5. What is the subject of the speech Lincoln is studying in the first scene?
(a) The upcoming union of North and South; the speaker objects.
(b) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker objects.
(c) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker approves.
(d) South Carolina's decision to break away from North Carolina; the speaker approves.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Billy Herndon's reaction to Lincoln's reasons for breaking off the engagement?

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

3. One of Lincoln's clients can't pay her bill; why does Lincoln think she is right not to pay?

4. What does Ann's love do for Lincoln?

5. When Lincoln leaves the parlor for a moment, how does one of his visitors in Act 3, Scene 9 describe him?

(see the answer key)

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