Abe Lincoln in Illinois Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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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. In a poem that Lincoln reads in the first scene, what is it that the poet finds strange about people?
(a) They dance through life unaware of pleasure.
(b) They look forward to death, even when life is good.
(c) They are afraid to face death alone.
(d) They think of death as an awakening.

2. What is Lincoln studying in the opening scene?
(a) Punctuation marks.
(b) The moods of the English language.
(c) The plays of Shakespeare.
(d) The moods of a woman he would like to court.

3. What is a benefit of being in the state capitol that might entice Lincoln to run for office?
(a) Women will seek him out for marriage.
(b) He will be able to collect extra money by doing favors for friends.
(c) The chance to have suits made that will have sleeves that are long enough for his arms.
(d) The opportunity to learn from the finest lawyers in the state.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is happening when Lincoln enters Rutledge Tavern to deliver mail?

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

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

5. Who is Ann Rutledge?

(see the answer key)

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