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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the setting of Act 2, Scene 5 and what does it convey about the occupants?
(a) The setting is Ninian Edwards' home and it conveys a sense of genteel poverty.
(b) The setting is a grand ballroom and it conveys the gala celebration of political victory.
(c) The setting is the parlor of Ninian Edwards' home and it conveys a comfortable upper-class life.
(d) The setting is Lincoln's log cabin and it conveys a feeling of bachelor solitude.

2. Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law clerk, arrives in Act 2, Scene 6. What is his condition?
(a) He's debilitated by swamp fever.
(b) He's drunk, as usual.
(c) He has quit drinking and is sober.
(d) He's suffering from an early case of swine flu.

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

4. 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 is relieved because he had begun to doubt her love.
(c) He feels guilty because she got brain sickness and he did not.
(d) He knows her death is for the best, and that he will be able to concentrate better without her.

5. According to Josh, how is Lincoln doing in the State Assembly?
(a) Not well; he's been rabble-rousing with speeches against slavery.
(b) Not well; he sits and draws his three dollars a day without paying attention.
(c) Great; he's getting kickbacks for legislation he sponsors.
(d) Fabulously well; he's shown himself to be a natural leader.

6. What are the Bowling Greens reading when Josh Speed arrives at their home in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) The Bourne Chronicles.
(b) The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
(c) The New York Review of Books.
(d) The Federalist Papers.

7. What is the true reason Lincoln wants to end the engagement with Mary Todd?
(a) He hates her ambitions for him and doesn't want to be driven to achieve her goals for the rest of his life.
(b) She has taken to wearing spurs and brandishing a whip when they are alone.
(c) He believes she really wants to marry Stephen Douglas.
(d) He knows he is losing his mind and wants to spare her from sharing his pain.

8. Who have Bowling Green, Ninian Edwards and Josh Speed come to New Salem to see?
(a) Seth Gale
(b) Ben Mattling.
(c) Ann Rutledge.
(d) Abe Lincoln.

9. What is Josh Speed's understanding of Lincoln's personality?
(a) Lincoln is a hopeless hypochondriac who reads Hamlet.
(b) Lincoln can't control his manic-depressive episodes and constantly makes a fool of himself.
(c) Lincoln is obsessive-compulsive and can't stop counting fence posts.
(d) Lincoln is a great fool with an odd understanding of the law.

10. Who admits being the one who suggested recruiting Lincoln to run for office?
(a) Seth Gale.
(b) Jack Armstrong.
(c) Ann Rutledge.
(d) Josh Speed.

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

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

13. 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 requests they accompany Lincoln to Springfield for opening of the Legislature.
(c) He asks them to call a physician to treat Lincoln's stress.
(d) He wants them to take copious notes about Lincoln's mood.

14. What is Billy Herndon's flaw?
(a) He kills compulsively.
(b) He cheats at cards.
(c) He is a womanizer.
(d) He drinks too much and too often.

15. What is the "good joke" Lincoln plans to tell Bowling Green at the end of Act 1, Scene 2 in the Rutledge Tavern?
(a) That Jack Armstrong, of the Clancy Groves boys, will run for the State Assembly.
(b) That a chicken crossed the road to get to the other side.
(c) That he will be a candidate for the assembly of the State of Illinois.
(d) That Ann Rutledge has run off to marry Josh Speed.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lincoln intend to communicate his intentions to Mary Todd?

2. Who wrote the poem that Lincoln's teacher gives him to read?

3. What opinion does Elizabeth Edwards have of Abe Lincoln?

4. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?

5. Who does Lincoln blame for all the political strife in the country?

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