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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Mary Todd characterize the life her sister and brother-in-law have chosen?
(a) She recognizes their lives are adventurous, with no boundaries.
(b) She says they live in a house with fences, not to keep others out, but to keep themselves from escaping their own narrow lives.
(c) She calls them reckless and irresponsible because they have invested in too many rental properties.
(d) She says they live fearful lives, surrounded by fences designed to keep the world at arm's length.

2. How does Act 1, Scene 3, in which Ann Rutledge dies, come to an end?
(a) The scene concludes with Lincoln on his knees in the attic, sobbing.
(b) The scene ends with only a beam of light from Abe's attic illuminating the stage.
(c) The scene ends when Lincoln stumbles offstage, leaving his friends worried about his fate.
(d) The scene ends with a prayer spoken by Nancy Green.

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

4. What is the weather, as the Greens sit in their parlor, waiting for Abe to return from Ann Rutledge's home?
(a) The sun is shining brightly.
(b) It is storming, windy and rainy.
(c) A blizzard is going on.
(d) A gentle breeze ruffles the leaves of autumn trees.

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

6. What characteristics make Mary Todd a good catch in the eyes of most people?
(a) She's highly educated and would make a good Secretary of State.
(b) She is exceedingly beautiful and has a shy, retiring demeanor.
(c) She's smart, cultivated and the daughter of a bank president.
(d) She speaks French, cooks Italian and comes from a line of English royalty.

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

8. What opinion does Elizabeth Edwards have of Abe Lincoln?
(a) She thinks he's divinely good-looking, but shiftless.
(b) Compared to other men, he would be at the top of her list of potential husbands.
(c) She calls him elegant, cultivated and likely to be rich some day soon.
(d) She says he has a simple soul and is a most amiable creature, but not suitable as a husband.

9. When Lincoln suggests he wants to die in Act 1, Scene 3, how do his friends respond?
(a) They fall to their knees and beg him to reconsider.
(b) They insist he stay and try to get some sleep.
(c) They promise to introduce him to other women.
(d) They agree that it might be best if he dies.

10. In Act 2, Scene 4, why is Billy Herndon disappointed with Lincoln?
(a) Lincoln is an unsuccessful lawyer and the firm is losing money.
(b) Lincoln won't speak out in a fiery way for his own beliefs.
(c) Lincoln is courting more than one woman at a time.
(d) Lincoln is considering buying slaves.

11. What does Lincoln's companion think of Lincoln's plan for his wedding?
(a) He thinks Lincoln is being too brutal, at least in the way he intends to deliver the news.
(b) He's distressed and offers to deliver the news himself.
(c) He believes everything will work out fine, once Lincoln has a drink or two.
(d) He agrees that Lincoln is making the right decision, for the right reasons.

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

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

14. What are the Bowling Greens reading when Josh Speed arrives at their home in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) The Bourne Chronicles.
(b) The New York Review of Books.
(c) The Federalist Papers.
(d) The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

15. Lincoln tells Josh Speed to give his letter for Mary Todd to Herndon to deliver. How does Josh respond?
(a) He rips the letter into tiny pieces and throws them on the floor.
(b) He runs out the door with the letter.
(c) He throws the letter into the fire in the stove.
(d) He gives the letter to Herndon.

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 are the two professions open to people who fail at everything else, according to Lincoln's teacher?

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

5. Who are the main characters in the first scene of the play?

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