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. What are the two professions open to people who fail at everything else, according to Lincoln's teacher?
(a) Journalism and law.
(b) Politics and prospecting.
(c) School teaching and politics.
(d) School teaching and store keeping.

2. What are three things Lincoln likes about Ann Rutledge?
(a) She's smart, pretty and owns property.
(b) She's brave, pretty and a political asset.
(c) She's good-looking, sensible and wants a large family.
(d) She's sensible, brave and good-looking.

3. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?
(a) If he loses, a man will be left with many debts.
(b) If elected, a man has to move to the city.
(c) If not elected, a man will be ashamed in his own community.
(d) If elected, a man is likely to be shot.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Lincoln's teacher suggest Lincoln do to improve his life?

2. Who have Bowling Green, Ninian Edwards and Josh Speed come to New Salem to see?

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

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

5. What is Lincoln's initial response to the idea of running for office?

(see the answer key)

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