Abe Lincoln in Illinois Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 3, Scene 12.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Lincoln define his "own great duty?"
(a) He needs to go West and seize California from the Mexican government.
(b) He doesn't know what it is and he's tired of people nagging him about it.
(c) His duty is to defend the Constitution to the best of his understanding.
(d) His duty is to mind his own business and he doesn't care what other people think.

2. Where has Lincoln been, just before he arrives at the Edwards' home in Act 2, Scene 5?
(a) Visiting a potential client in jail.
(b) At the Statehouse, lobbying against gun registration.
(c) Fox hunting.
(d) Visiting another woman, to whom he plans to propose.

3. What causes Lincoln to change his mind about his future?
(a) After meeting Seth Gale, Lincoln realizes his destiny is in national service, as Mary always said.
(b) After seeing Seth Gale's son, Lincoln realizes how much he wants children.
(c) He understands he's not getting any younger or better looking, so it's time to settle down.
(d) He fails as a farmer and sees he must return to politics.

4. In Act 2, Scene 5, does Lincoln ask Mary Todd to marry him?
(a) No, but she plans to pop the question that evening.
(b) Yes, but Elizabeth's objections put the matter on hold.
(c) Yes, but she says she can't quite decide.
(d) No, but she expects he will ask that evening.

5. After 18 years of marriage to Lincoln, what is it that Mary Todd is bitter about?
(a) Lincoln still isn't politically ambitious enough to suit her.
(b) Lincoln chain smokes all over the house.
(c) Lincoln habitually puts his muddy boots on expensive furnishings.
(d) Lincoln spends too much time reading and not enough attention to her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?

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

3. What reason does Lincoln give in Act 2, Scene 4 for turning down the opportunity to speak against slavery?

4. Who is Billy Herndon?

5. What is Lincoln's attitude about people before he meets Ann Rutledge?

(see the answer key)

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