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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 3, Scene 10.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Bowling Green call Lincoln "an artful dodger" in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Lincoln is an accomplished amateur boxer who never takes a blow to the chin.
(b) Lincoln manages to slip away from debt collectors just when they are closing in on him.
(c) Lincoln continually evades running for any office that would require him to take a public stand on slavery.
(d) Lincoln has left a number of women at the altar.

2. What is the subject of the speech Lincoln is studying in the first scene?
(a) South Carolina's decision to break away from North Carolina; the speaker approves.
(b) The upcoming union of North and South; the speaker objects.
(c) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker objects.
(d) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker approves.

3. How does Mary Todd accept Lincoln's proposal at the end of Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) She clutches him tightly, declares her undying love and begins sobbing.
(b) She appears to hesitate, keeping him wondering for a moment if she will accept.
(c) She dances happily into his arms and pulls his beard while saying yes.
(d) She bursts into tears and says she must marry him because he has ruined her reputation.

4. In Act 2, Scene 7, what is the fear Seth Gale has about traveling with Gobey?
(a) He's fearful Gobey's previous owner will appear to reclaim him.
(b) He's careful to stay in free territory to avoid Gobey being kidnapped and sold into slavery.
(c) He believes Gobey is planning to escape on the Underground Railroad.
(d) He's afraid to take Gobey across state borders because he doesn't have a passport.

5. How does Mary Todd respond to Lincoln's proposal at the end of Act 2, Scene 5?
(a) She doesn't--the scene ends with the lights fading before he pops the question.
(b) She grabs his hands, looks deeply into his eyes and whispers the word "yes."
(c) First she acts surprised, then meekly agrees with a timid "yes."
(d) She laughs and laughs, then says she'll think it over seriously and get back to him.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What is the essential element Lincoln's party is seeking in a presidential candidate when they ask him to run?

3. Who is President during the time represented in Act 2, Scene 4?

4. To which of Shakespeare's characters does Douglas compare Lincoln?

5. What is it about the Gale family's plans that seems most important to Lincoln?

(see the answer key)

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