Abe Lincoln in Illinois Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 2, Scene 6.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Lincoln's companion think of Lincoln's plan for his wedding?
(a) He's distressed and offers to deliver the news himself.
(b) He believes everything will work out fine, once Lincoln has a drink or two.
(c) He agrees that Lincoln is making the right decision, for the right reasons.
(d) He thinks Lincoln is being too brutal, at least in the way he intends to deliver the news.

2. Why is Mary Todd so sure that Lincoln will be a success, and not stop to tell jokes, as her sister predicts?
(a) She doesn't care if he's a success; she has a huge inheritance that will support them both.
(b) Because Lincoln has confided his dream of becoming a successful merchant and moving to New York.
(c) Because she is strong enough to make sure he moves along the road of success without stopping.
(d) Because she knows that Lincoln is not very good at telling jokes and has a strong streak of ambition.

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

4. What is the plan that Seth Gale and Lincoln have for their futures?
(a) To move west, to Nebraska.
(b) To attend law school and go into practice together.
(c) To move to California, in search of gold.
(d) To relocate to Springfield and open a general store.

5. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?
(a) Yes, he says he's at the end of his rope and must have release from the wedding.
(b) He isn't sure, but he admits having hallucinations.
(c) No, he believes he has good reasons for his decision.
(d) Yes, he knows he is losing his mind--that's why he wants to run away.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mary Todd respond to Lincoln's proposal at the end of Act 2, Scene 5?

2. What is Lincoln's new attitude toward God after Ann's death?

3. How does Lincoln define his "own great duty?"

4. What subject is always heavy on Lincoln's mind?

5. In a poem that Lincoln reads in the first scene, what is it that the poet finds strange about people?

(see the answer key)

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