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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 2, Scene 8.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What reason does Lincoln give in Act 2, Scene 4 for turning down the opportunity to speak against slavery?
(a) He has a date on the night of the rally.
(b) He is pro-slavery.
(c) He is feuding with the president of the organization that wants him to speak.
(d) The sponsoring organization is "a pack of hell-raising fanatics."

4. What is Lincoln's new attitude toward God after Ann's death?
(a) He accepts that "the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away."
(b) He knows if he had prayed day and night, Ann would have lived.
(c) He can't pray to a God that needlessly allowed Ann to die.
(d) He becomes an atheist.

5. 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 knows that Lincoln is not very good at telling jokes and has a strong streak of ambition.
(d) Because she is strong enough to make sure he moves along the road of success without stopping.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is with Lincoln at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?

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

3. Why can't Lincoln bring himself to shoot a deer?

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

5. When Lincoln suggests he wants to die in Act 1, Scene 3, how do his friends respond?

(see the answer key)

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