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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Ninian Edwards?
(a) Son of the Illinois governor.
(b) Josh Speed's stepbrother.
(c) Uncle of Elizabeth Edwards.
(d) A merchant passing through New Salem.

2. What organization wants Lincoln to give a speech?
(a) The Democratic Party of Quincy, Ill.
(b) The Elijiah Lovejoy League of Freemen.
(c) The American Civil Liberties Union.
(d) The AFL-CIO.

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

4. Lincoln and Mary Todd are getting married, yet he seems to be in despair. Why?
(a) Mary Todd has written him a letter, breaking their engagement.
(b) He wants to break the engagement and leave Mary Todd at the altar.
(c) Mary Todd has run off with Billy Herndon.
(d) He discovers he loves Elizabeth Edwards, not Mary Todd.

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

6. What, besides politics, does Lincoln have on his mind during the scene in the Rutledge Tavern?
(a) Running down to the town picnic for a piece of pie.
(b) Taking over the family farm from his sick father.
(c) Asking town officials for a raise in his wages as postmaster.
(d) Asking Ann Rutledge to consider him as a suitor.

7. What does Lincoln do that impresses Ninian Edwards in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Lincoln punches a bully who is threatening Ann Rutledge.
(b) Lincoln gets everyone's attention by firing his pistol at the ceiling.
(c) Lincoln announces there is free pie in the town square.
(d) Lincoln diffuses the tension with the Clancy Groves boys.

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

9. What last ditch effort does Mary Todd's sister make to prevent a proposal from Lincoln toward the end of Act 2, Scene 5?
(a) She spills a pot of hot tea on Lincoln's lap.
(b) She produces a fan and uses it to flirt with Lincoln, to show he wouldn't be a faithful husband.
(c) She begins yelling at her sister, causing Ninian to slap her and drag her from the room.
(d) She begs Mary to put the children to bed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lincoln jokingly describe, in Act 2, Scene 5, the act of defending a murder suspect?

2. What is Lincoln's new attitude toward God after Ann's death?

3. What is the "good joke" Lincoln plans to tell Bowling Green at the end of Act 1, Scene 2 in the Rutledge Tavern?

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

5. What does Lincoln see on the boat from Quincy to Alton that shocks him?

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