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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Lincoln studying in the opening scene?
(a) Punctuation marks.
(b) The moods of the English language.
(c) The moods of a woman he would like to court.
(d) The plays of Shakespeare.

2. Who is Elizabeth Edwards?
(a) The woman Abe Lincoln loves and wants to marry.
(b) Mary Todd's sister and Ninian Edwards' wife.
(c) The wife of a one-time presidential candidate.
(d) The author of two memoirs.

3. Who wrote the poem that Lincoln's teacher gives him to read?
(a) John Singer Sargeant.
(b) John Keats.
(c) John Lennon.
(d) John Brown.

4. Who does Ninian Edwards believe might be instigating the prospect of marriage between Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd?
(a) Mary Todd.
(b) Judge Bowling Green.
(c) Abe Lincoln.
(d) Elizabeth Edwards' father.

5. Why is Mary Todd so sure that Lincoln will be a success, and not stop to tell jokes, as her sister predicts?
(a) Because she is strong enough to make sure he moves along the road of success without stopping.
(b) Because she knows that Lincoln is not very good at telling jokes and has a strong streak of ambition.
(c) She doesn't care if he's a success; she has a huge inheritance that will support them both.
(d) Because Lincoln has confided his dream of becoming a successful merchant and moving to New York.

6. Who have Bowling Green, Ninian Edwards and Josh Speed come to New Salem to see?
(a) Ann Rutledge.
(b) Seth Gale
(c) Ben Mattling.
(d) Abe Lincoln.

7. What is the true reason Lincoln wants to end the engagement with Mary Todd?
(a) He knows he is losing his mind and wants to spare her from sharing his pain.
(b) She has taken to wearing spurs and brandishing a whip when they are alone.
(c) He believes she really wants to marry Stephen Douglas.
(d) He hates her ambitions for him and doesn't want to be driven to achieve her goals for the rest of his life.

8. What does Mary Todd's sister predict if she marries Lincoln?
(a) A wanderer's life, as Lincoln can't seem to hold a decent job.
(b) A life in a quaint cabin, stitching buckskin clothing and raising a passel of children.
(c) A glittering life in the nation's capital, dancing with elegant Europeans.
(d) A life in a miserable cabin, without servants and without decent clothing.

9. What is the plan that Seth Gale and Lincoln have for their futures?
(a) To move west, to Nebraska.
(b) To move to California, in search of gold.
(c) To attend law school and go into practice together.
(d) To relocate to Springfield and open a general store.

10. What excuse does Ninian Edwards give for getting himself and his wife out of the parlor so Lincoln can be alone with Mary Todd?
(a) He feigns an injury and asks his wife to help him upstairs.
(b) The two have to hear their children's bedtime prayers.
(c) He takes his wife dancing.
(d) He doesn't give an excuse, just grabs his wife's arm and hustles her off stage.

11. In a poem given to Lincoln by his teacher in the first scene, life is compared to what?
(a) A fairy tale, a legend, a lie.
(b) A dream, a vision, a phantom.
(c) A river, a meadow, the wide horizon.
(d) A nightmare, a hallucination, a ghost.

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

13. Who admits being the one who suggested recruiting Lincoln to run for office?
(a) Ann Rutledge.
(b) Jack Armstrong.
(c) Josh Speed.
(d) Seth Gale.

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

15. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?
(a) If not elected, a man will be ashamed in his own community.
(b) If elected, a man has to move to the city.
(c) If elected, a man is likely to be shot.
(d) If he loses, a man will be left with many debts.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who gave the speech that Lincoln's teacher has him read?

2. In Act 2, Scene 4, why is Billy Herndon disappointed with Lincoln?

3. What is the mood of the speech Lincoln is asked to read in the first scene?

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

5. In Act 2, Scene 5, Lincoln mentions a woman "foxing" his pants--what does that mean?

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