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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. What is Josh Speed's understanding of Lincoln's personality?
(a) Lincoln is a hopeless hypochondriac who reads Hamlet.
(b) Lincoln is a great fool with an odd understanding of the law.
(c) Lincoln is obsessive-compulsive and can't stop counting fence posts.
(d) Lincoln can't control his manic-depressive episodes and constantly makes a fool of himself.

2. What is the purpose of Edwards' visit to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) To bring law and order to New Salem.
(b) To look at the Rutledge Tavern as an investment.
(c) To recruit Lincoln to run for the State Assembly.
(d) To announce his own run for the presidency.

3. When Lincoln arrives at the Edwards' home in Act 2, Scene 5, does he sense tension between Mary Todd and her sister?
(a) Yes, he feels there is electricity in the air, but tries to make casual conversation.
(b) He is so intent on asking for Mary's hand in marriage, he doesn't even notice her sister is in the room.
(c) Yes, he's aware of tension but assumes it's due to the bad marriage of Ninian and Mary's sister.
(d) He's oblivious to the tension, even though the two women are red-faced and teary-eyed.

4. What does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) To leave town so he and Ninian Edwards can resume their friendship.
(b) To move west to Oregon with him and Seth Gale.
(c) To contribute to his campaign.
(d) To be his wife.

5. Who is Ninian Edwards?
(a) Josh Speed's stepbrother.
(b) Uncle of Elizabeth Edwards.
(c) A merchant passing through New Salem.
(d) Son of the Illinois governor.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mary agree to the public humiliation of taking Lincoln back after two years?

2. In Scene 2, Act 4, Lincoln receives a letter from his old friend, Seth Gale. What is Gale worrying about?

3. When Lincoln leaves the parlor for a moment, how does one of his visitors in Act 3, Scene 9 describe him?

4. Douglas accuses Lincoln of having sympathy for slaves but no sympathy for another suffering group of people. Who are they?

5. Who wrote the poem that Lincoln's teacher gives him to read?

(see the answer key)

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