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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law clerk, arrives in Act 2, Scene 6. What is his condition?
(a) He's suffering from an early case of swine flu.
(b) He's debilitated by swamp fever.
(c) He's drunk, as usual.
(d) He has quit drinking and is sober.
2. In a poem that Lincoln reads in the first scene, what is it that the poet finds strange about people?
(a) They are afraid to face death alone.
(b) They dance through life unaware of pleasure.
(c) They think of death as an awakening.
(d) They look forward to death, even when life is good.
3. What does Ann's love do for Lincoln?
(a) Her love makes him believe in God, believe that all things are possible, and he can do anything he wants.
(b) Her love inspires him to write great poetry.
(c) Her love makes him weak at the knees and fuzzy in his thoughts; he knows he can't make anything of himself.
(d) Her love makes him irritable because she is so needy.
4. What does Mary Todd say when asked in Act. 2, Scene 5, if she is considering marriage to Lincoln?
(a) "I have decided I shall be Mrs. Lincoln."
(b) "I have never given that idea a moment's thought."
(c) "I am determined to marry Stephen Douglas."
(d) "That is the most repulsive idea I've ever heard."
5. What is Lincoln studying in the opening scene?
(a) Punctuation marks.
(b) The moods of a woman he would like to court.
(c) The plays of Shakespeare.
(d) The moods of the English language.
6. In Act 2, Scene 4, who arrives unexpectedly at Lincoln's office to visit?
(a) Seth Gale and Nancy Green.
(b) Ann Rutledge and Josh Speed.
(c) Bowling Green and Josh Speed.
(d) Bowling and Nancy Green.
7. What is Josh Speed's request to the Greens as he departs at the end of Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) He asks them to keep Lincoln with them and not let him out of their sight.
(b) He asks them to call a physician to treat Lincoln's stress.
(c) He wants them to take copious notes about Lincoln's mood.
(d) He requests they accompany Lincoln to Springfield for opening of the Legislature.
8. What opinion does Elizabeth Edwards have of Abe Lincoln?
(a) She says he has a simple soul and is a most amiable creature, but not suitable as a husband.
(b) She calls him elegant, cultivated and likely to be rich some day soon.
(c) She thinks he's divinely good-looking, but shiftless.
(d) Compared to other men, he would be at the top of her list of potential husbands.
9. In a poem given to Lincoln by his teacher in the first scene, life is compared to what?
(a) A dream, a vision, a phantom.
(b) A fairy tale, a legend, a lie.
(c) A nightmare, a hallucination, a ghost.
(d) A river, a meadow, the wide horizon.
10. When Lincoln suggests he wants to die in Act 1, Scene 3, how do his friends respond?
(a) They promise to introduce him to other women.
(b) They insist he stay and try to get some sleep.
(c) They fall to their knees and beg him to reconsider.
(d) They agree that it might be best if he dies.
11. According to Josh, how is Lincoln doing in the State Assembly?
(a) Great; he's getting kickbacks for legislation he sponsors.
(b) Not well; he sits and draws his three dollars a day without paying attention.
(c) Fabulously well; he's shown himself to be a natural leader.
(d) Not well; he's been rabble-rousing with speeches against slavery.
12. How does Lincoln jokingly describe, in Act 2, Scene 5, the act of defending a murder suspect?
(a) "Spinning doubt as thick as a black widow's web."
(b) "Whipping such a blizzard of words as to keep justice slipping and sliding."
(c) "Tossing enough hot potatos to keep a judge from telling which one is rotten."
(d) "Doing what I can to obstruct the orderly processes of justice."
13. In Act 2, Scene 4, why is Billy Herndon disappointed with Lincoln?
(a) Lincoln is considering buying slaves.
(b) Lincoln is courting more than one woman at a time.
(c) Lincoln won't speak out in a fiery way for his own beliefs.
(d) Lincoln is an unsuccessful lawyer and the firm is losing money.
14. What is the purpose of Edwards' visit to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) To look at the Rutledge Tavern as an investment.
(b) To bring law and order to New Salem.
(c) To announce his own run for the presidency.
(d) To recruit Lincoln to run for the State Assembly.
15. 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.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the local gossip in New Salem about Ann Rutledge?
2. Who gave the speech that Lincoln's teacher has him read?
3. What happens to Ann Rutledge?
4. How does the weather complement Lincoln's mood when he arrives at the home of the Greens' with news of Ann's death?
5. What is Billy Herndon's flaw?
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