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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. How does Mary Todd describe her part in the break-up of the engagement to Lincoln?
(a) She admits her love was based on financial greed.
(b) She agrees her incessant chatter drove Lincoln crazy.
(c) She acknowledges pushing him too hard to fulfill her ambitions.
(d) She knows her lack of confidence in his ability made him sad.

2. What is the setting of Act 2, Scene 5 and what does it convey about the occupants?
(a) The setting is a grand ballroom and it conveys the gala celebration of political victory.
(b) The setting is the parlor of Ninian Edwards' home and it conveys a comfortable upper-class life.
(c) The setting is Lincoln's log cabin and it conveys a feeling of bachelor solitude.
(d) The setting is Ninian Edwards' home and it conveys a sense of genteel poverty.

3. What is Lincoln's response to a poem he reads regarding life and death?
(a) He is inspired to write his own poetry: "I've got a thought, Teacher, give me a pencil."
(b) It depresses him: "Life is sure 'nuff short, why think about death?"
(c) He finds it strange: "I don't get the meaning of it, at all."
(d) He likes it: "It sure is good...it's fine!

4. What is Billy Herndon's reaction to Lincoln's reasons for breaking off the engagement?
(a) He is gobsmacked, but he helps Lincoln write another letter.
(b) He is stunned and speechless. He finishes off the bottle in his pocket.
(c) Herndon says Lincoln is really trying to escape his own failure to serve the country.
(d) Herndon agrees that Mary Todd is a witch and says he's glad Lincoln changed his mind.

5. In Act 2, Scene 5, Lincoln mentions a woman "foxing" his pants--what does that mean?
(a) The woman was flirting with him outrageously.
(b) Something so scandalous that Mary Todd showed Lincoln the door before he could explain.
(c) Sewing buckskin around the lower legs to keep them from being shredded by underbrush.
(d) Attaching foxskins down the legs as a means of camoflauge.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lincoln and Mary Todd are getting married, yet he seems to be in despair. Why?

2. How old is Abe Lincoln at the time of Act 2, Scene 4 in his Springfield law office?

3. What is the true reason Lincoln wants to end the engagement with Mary Todd?

4. What happens when Seth Gale's boy takes a turn for the worse before the doctor arrives at the end of Act 2, Scene 7?

5. What does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?

(see the answer key)

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