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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why can't Lincoln bring himself to shoot a deer?
(a) Because of the scene in "Bambi," in which his mother was killed.
(b) Because his mother was an anti-gun lobbyist.
(c) Because he once saw one running across his mother's grave.
(d) Because he prefers bow-hunting.

2. What does Lincoln see on the boat from Quincy to Alton that shocks him?
(a) A dozen dancing girls, chained together, forced to entertain passengers.
(b) A dozen mules on shore, chained and being flogged.
(c) A woman with 12 children, begging for food.
(d) A dozen negroes, chained together, being shipped South to be sold.

3. What happens at the end of Act 2, Scene 4 that proves Lincoln's claim that he is a social success?
(a) Nancy Green accepts a job as his social secretary to keep track of his dates.
(b) Mary Todd sends Lincoln a thank-you note for a pleasant evening the previous week.
(c) Josh Speed introduces Lincoln to his sister.
(d) Ninian Edwards invites Lincoln home for dinner.

4. In a poem that Lincoln reads in the first scene, what is it that the poet finds strange about people?
(a) They dance through life unaware of pleasure.
(b) They are afraid to face death alone.
(c) They think of death as an awakening.
(d) They look forward to death, even when life is good.

5. 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's oblivious to the tension, even though the two women are red-faced and teary-eyed.
(c) Yes, he's aware of tension but assumes it's due to the bad marriage of Ninian and Mary's sister.
(d) He is so intent on asking for Mary's hand in marriage, he doesn't even notice her sister is in the room.

6. Who gave the speech that Lincoln's teacher has him read?
(a) James Madison.
(b) George Washington.
(c) Daniel Webster.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.

7. What is the "good joke" Lincoln plans to tell Bowling Green at the end of Act 1, Scene 2 in the Rutledge Tavern?
(a) That he will be a candidate for the assembly of the State of Illinois.
(b) That a chicken crossed the road to get to the other side.
(c) That Ann Rutledge has run off to marry Josh Speed.
(d) That Jack Armstrong, of the Clancy Groves boys, will run for the State Assembly.

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

9. Why does Lincoln return to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) He has been kicked out of Springfiled for being drunk in public.
(b) Ann Rutledge is sick.
(c) Seth Gale summoned him with a letter.
(d) The Greens have asked him to mediate in their divorce.

10. Besides debt, what topic often occupies Lincoln's mind?
(a) The prospect of death.
(b) The prospect of a harsh winter.
(c) The prospect of civil war.
(d) The prospect of marriage.

11. Why is Ann's death such a setback to Lincoln?
(a) He doesn't feel he will be taken seriously as a candidate if he is single.
(b) He fears any woman who loves him is doomed to an early death, like his mother.
(c) Ann wrote his speeches; without her, he has nothing to say.
(d) He depended on Ann's connections to the politically powerful in Washington.

12. How does Lincoln feel after Ann's death?
(a) He feels guilty because she got brain sickness and he did not.
(b) He is relieved because he had begun to doubt her love.
(c) He knows her death is for the best, and that he will be able to concentrate better without her.
(d) He feels he should die to be with her again or he will go crazy.

13. How does Lincoln surprise Ann Rutledge while she is clearing tables during Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) By bursting into song when she agrees to talk with him.
(b) By declaring his love for her.
(c) By delivering a package from her fiance.
(d) By asking her to dance on the bar.

14. What does Billy Herndon urge Lincoln's friends to do, as Herndon leaves the office in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Dunk Lincoln in the river to wash away his stubborn streak.
(b) Take Lincoln out to dinner and get him drunk.
(c) Introduce Lincoln to a good woman to marry.
(d) Drag him out of the stagnant pool in which he is drowning himself.

15. What is Bowling Green's attitude toward the possibility of Lincoln marrying Ann Rutledge?
(a) He's all for the marriage; he thinks Ann will keep Lincoln on track.
(b) Judge Green is against it; he thinks Ann will be a hindrance to Lincoln.
(c) He is against the marriage; he knows Ann has been seeing someone else.
(d) He's for the marriage; Ann's family has a lot of money to spend on campaigns.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Lincoln do at the end of Act 2, Scene 6?

2. What is Lincoln's response to a poem he reads regarding life and death?

3. Lincoln tells Josh Speed to give his letter for Mary Todd to Herndon to deliver. How does Josh respond?

4. Who is Ninian Edwards?

5. What does Mary Todd tell her brother-in-law when he asks why she has chosen him as a husband?

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