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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What subject is always heavy on Lincoln's mind?
(a) That his partner will buy the store where Abe works and fire him.
(b) That if he ever gets out of debt, he'll get right back in again.
(c) That he will fail at the job of postmaster.
(d) That he'll never have a chance to run for public office.

2. What is the setting of the first scene of Abe Lincoln in Illinois?
(a) A log cabin in the woods of Missouri.
(b) A riverboat on the mighty Mississippi.
(c) A cabin near New Salem, Illionois, which belongs to Lincoln's teacher.
(d) A tavern in Springfield.

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

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

5. 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) A blizzard is going on.
(c) A gentle breeze ruffles the leaves of autumn trees.
(d) It is storming, windy and rainy.

6. How much would Lincoln be paid as a member of the legislature?
(a) $2.50 a day.
(b) $5 a day.
(c) Nothing, it's a volunteer job.
(d) $3 a day.

7. What are the two professions open to people who fail at everything else, according to Lincoln's teacher?
(a) Politics and prospecting.
(b) School teaching and store keeping.
(c) School teaching and politics.
(d) Journalism and law.

8. In Act 2, Scene 6, Lincoln sits at his desk on the day he is to be married. What day of the year is it?
(a) The Fourth of July.
(b) Thanksgiving Day.
(c) Christmas Day.
(d) New Year's Day.

9. In a poem given to Lincoln by his teacher in the first scene, life is compared to what?
(a) A nightmare, a hallucination, a ghost.
(b) A fairy tale, a legend, a lie.
(c) A river, a meadow, the wide horizon.
(d) A dream, a vision, a phantom.

10. How does Lincoln define his "own great duty?"
(a) He needs to go West and seize California from the Mexican government.
(b) His duty is to mind his own business and he doesn't care what other people think.
(c) His duty is to defend the Constitution to the best of his understanding.
(d) He doesn't know what it is and he's tired of people nagging him about it.

11. What does Mary Todd say when asked in Act. 2, Scene 5, if she is considering marriage to Lincoln?
(a) "That is the most repulsive idea I've ever heard."
(b) "I am determined to marry Stephen Douglas."
(c) "I have decided I shall be Mrs. Lincoln."
(d) "I have never given that idea a moment's thought."

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

13. What does Lincoln's teacher suggest Lincoln do to improve his life?
(a) Get a law degree.
(b) Move out of town.
(c) Consider becoming a minister.
(d) Find a woman to marry.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why can't Lincoln bring himself to shoot a deer?

2. Who is President during the time represented in Act 2, Scene 4?

3. What is Lincoln studying in the opening scene?

4. Why does Lincoln return to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?

5. Lincoln and Mary Todd are getting married, yet he seems to be in despair. Why?

(see the answer keys)

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