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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 has quit drinking and is sober.
(b) He's suffering from an early case of swine flu.
(c) He's debilitated by swamp fever.
(d) He's drunk, as usual.

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

3. What is Lincoln's response to a poem he reads regarding life and death?
(a) He likes it: "It sure is good...it's fine!
(b) He is inspired to write his own poetry: "I've got a thought, Teacher, give me a pencil."
(c) It depresses him: "Life is sure 'nuff short, why think about death?"
(d) He finds it strange: "I don't get the meaning of it, at all."

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

5. In Act 2, Scene 5, Lincoln mentions a woman "foxing" his pants--what does that mean?
(a) Something so scandalous that Mary Todd showed Lincoln the door before he could explain.
(b) Sewing buckskin around the lower legs to keep them from being shredded by underbrush.
(c) Attaching foxskins down the legs as a means of camoflauge.
(d) The woman was flirting with him outrageously.

6. 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) Visiting another woman, to whom he plans to propose.
(c) Fox hunting.
(d) Visiting a potential client in jail.

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

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

9. How does the weather complement Lincoln's mood when he arrives at the home of the Greens' with news of Ann's death?
(a) The wind howls in agony along with him.
(b) The weather is as stormy as his mood.
(c) The weather is as clear as his conscience.
(d) A blizzard settles in, reflecting the cold that has settled in his heart.

10. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?
(a) If elected, a man has to move to the city.
(b) If elected, a man is likely to be shot.
(c) If he loses, a man will be left with many debts.
(d) If not elected, a man will be ashamed in his own community.

11. What is Billy Herndon's attitude toward Mary Todd on the day Lincoln is to be married?
(a) He is opposed to the marriage because he's heard bad things about Mary Todd's temper.
(b) He is too drunk to really care, but he makes an insincere toast to the couple's happiness.
(c) Herndon doesn't like Mary Todd, but he likes her ambitions for Lincoln.
(d) Herndon likes Mary Todd, but feels it will be a mistake for her to goad Lincoln into politics.

12. What is the wedding gift Ninian has brought Abe?
(a) A slave.
(b) A stovepipe hat that will become Lincon's signature.
(c) A fine, silver-headed cane.
(d) A silver box of fine cigars.

13. On which holiday does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?
(a) Thanksgiving.
(b) Memorial Day.
(c) The Fourth of July.
(d) Labor Day.

14. 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 call a physician to treat Lincoln's stress.
(b) He asks them to keep Lincoln with them and not let him out of their sight.
(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.

15. What is Billy Herndon's reaction to Lincoln's reasons for breaking off the engagement?
(a) He is stunned and speechless. He finishes off the bottle in his pocket.
(b) Herndon says Lincoln is really trying to escape his own failure to serve the country.
(c) He is gobsmacked, but he helps Lincoln write another letter.
(d) Herndon agrees that Mary Todd is a witch and says he's glad Lincoln changed his mind.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, besides politics, does Lincoln have on his mind during the scene in the Rutledge Tavern?

2. What does Lincoln's teacher suggest Lincoln do to improve his life?

3. Besides debt, what topic often occupies Lincoln's mind?

4. What does Ann's love do for Lincoln?

5. What is the purpose of Edwards' visit to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 2?

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