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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mary Todd tell her brother-in-law when he asks why she has chosen him as a husband?
(a) She believes Lincoln is destined for wealth and fame, which she craves.
(b) She responds that Lincoln will provide a life of stability and security.
(c) She says she loves Lincoln's political ambitions and his resemblance to Lochinvar.
(d) She can't give him a simple answer, but his is the life and destiny she wants to share.

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

3. One of Lincoln's clients can't pay her bill; why does Lincoln think she is right not to pay?
(a) Lincoln took a horse from her late husband in payment.
(b) She is a poor widow and Lincoln doesn't take money from widows.
(c) He believes she is going to inherit a lot of money, so he can wait for payment.
(d) Lincoln defended her husband unsuccessfully and he was hanged.

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

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

6. What is Lincoln's attitude about people before he meets Ann Rutledge?
(a) All people are to a degree insane, but that shouldn't stop one from getting close to them.
(b) Getting close to others is the best antidote in the world to loneliness.
(c) It's best not to get too close to people; they see the insanity behind the surface.
(d) The best thing is to take a vow of silence in order not to be bothered by fools.

7. What is a benefit of being in the state capitol that might entice Lincoln to run for office?
(a) Women will seek him out for marriage.
(b) The opportunity to learn from the finest lawyers in the state.
(c) He will be able to collect extra money by doing favors for friends.
(d) The chance to have suits made that will have sleeves that are long enough for his arms.

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

9. What are the five indicative moods, as Lincoln knows them?
(a) Sad, Glad, Mad, Grumpy and Giddy.
(b) Meditative, Imperial, Possible, Subjective and Infinite.
(c) Indicative, Imperative, Potential, Subjunctive and Infinitive.
(d) Commanding, Questioning, Doubting, Inferior and Decisive.

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

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

12. In Scene 2, Act 4, what office is Lincoln seeking?
(a) Member of the Electoral College.
(b) President of the Springfield School Board.
(c) President of the United States.
(d) Springfield's combined office of dogcatcher and postmaster.

13. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?
(a) No, he believes he has good reasons for his decision.
(b) He isn't sure, but he admits having hallucinations.
(c) Yes, he says he's at the end of his rope and must have release from the wedding.
(d) Yes, he knows he is losing his mind--that's why he wants to run away.

14. 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 knows that Lincoln is not very good at telling jokes and has a strong streak of ambition.
(b) Because she is strong enough to make sure he moves along the road of success without stopping.
(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.

15. What is Lincoln's new attitude toward God after Ann's death?
(a) He can't pray to a God that needlessly allowed Ann to die.
(b) He knows if he had prayed day and night, Ann would have lived.
(c) He accepts that "the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away."
(d) He becomes an atheist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is President of the United States at the time Edwards visits New Salem to meet Lincoln?

2. What is Bowling Green's attitude toward the possibility of Lincoln marrying Ann Rutledge?

3. Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law clerk, arrives in Act 2, Scene 6. What is his condition?

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

5. What is happening when Lincoln enters Rutledge Tavern to deliver mail?

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