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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 1, Scene 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the local gossip in New Salem about Ann Rutledge?
(a) She is in line for a job as the town's teacher.
(b) She has been jilted by her fiance, who left town.
(c) She is in love with Abe Lincoln.
(d) She is secretly a witch.

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

3. What is Lincoln's attitude toward people?
(a) He loves being in a crowd, but feels anxious one-to-one.
(b) He dislikes people because of their inhumanity.
(c) He likes them one-to-one, but crowds scare him.
(d) He is afraid of them, unless he has known them all his life.

4. What, besides politics, does Lincoln have on his mind during the scene in the Rutledge Tavern?
(a) Taking over the family farm from his sick father.
(b) Asking Ann Rutledge to consider him as a suitor.
(c) Running down to the town picnic for a piece of pie.
(d) Asking town officials for a raise in his wages as postmaster.

5. Who wrote the poem that Lincoln's teacher gives him to read?
(a) John Keats.
(b) John Singer Sargeant.
(c) John Lennon.
(d) John Brown.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are the main characters in the first scene of the play?

2. What are the five indicative moods, as Lincoln knows them?

3. In a poem given to Lincoln by his teacher in the first scene, life is compared to what?

4. On which holiday does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?

5. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?

(see the answer key)

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