Abe Lincoln in Illinois Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who admits being the one who suggested recruiting Lincoln to run for office?
(a) Jack Armstrong.
(b) Josh Speed.
(c) Ann Rutledge.
(d) Seth Gale.

2. Who is Elizabeth Edwards?
(a) Mary Todd's sister and Ninian Edwards' wife.
(b) The author of two memoirs.
(c) The woman Abe Lincoln loves and wants to marry.
(d) The wife of a one-time presidential candidate.

3. What is happening when Lincoln enters Rutledge Tavern to deliver mail?
(a) The Clancy Groves boys have the judge trapped behind the bar.
(b) The Clancy Groves boys are buying a round of whiskey for everyone.
(c) A local bully is angling for a fight with Ninian Edwards.
(d) Ben Mattling is having a heart attack.

4. Where is Abe Lincoln staying while in New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) With Ann Rutledge's family.
(b) In a barn belonging to Josh Speed.
(c) At the home of Bowling and Nancy Green.
(d) In Rutledge's Tavern.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two professions open to people who fail at everything else, according to Lincoln's teacher?

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

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

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

5. What does Lincoln see on the boat from Quincy to Alton that shocks him?

(see the answer key)

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