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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 1, Scene 3.

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 look forward to death, even when life is good.
(b) They are afraid to face death alone.
(c) They dance through life unaware of pleasure.
(d) They think of death as an awakening.

2. Besides debt, what topic often occupies Lincoln's mind?
(a) The prospect of death.
(b) The prospect of marriage.
(c) The prospect of a harsh winter.
(d) The prospect of civil war.

3. Who is President of the United States at the time Edwards visits New Salem to meet Lincoln?
(a) Andrew Jackson.
(b) John Glenn.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

4. How does Act 1, Scene 3, in which Ann Rutledge dies, come to an end?
(a) The scene ends with only a beam of light from Abe's attic illuminating the stage.
(b) The scene ends with a prayer spoken by Nancy Green.
(c) The scene concludes with Lincoln on his knees in the attic, sobbing.
(d) The scene ends when Lincoln stumbles offstage, leaving his friends worried about his fate.

5. What subject is always heavy on Lincoln's mind?
(a) That his partner will buy the store where Abe works and fire him.
(b) That he will fail at the job of postmaster.
(c) That if he ever gets out of debt, he'll get right back in again.
(d) That he'll never have a chance to run for public office.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lincoln surprise Ann Rutledge while she is clearing tables during Act 1, Scene 2?

2. What is Lincoln's attitude about people before he meets Ann Rutledge?

3. According to Nancy Green in Act 1, Scene 3, why can't Lincoln face life without a woman by his side?

4. What is the weather, as the Greens sit in their parlor, waiting for Abe to return from Ann Rutledge's home?

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

(see the answer key)

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