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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Why does Lincoln return to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) Seth Gale summoned him with a letter.
(b) He has been kicked out of Springfiled for being drunk in public.
(c) Ann Rutledge is sick.
(d) The Greens have asked him to mediate in their divorce.
2. One of Lincoln's clients can't pay her bill; why does Lincoln think she is right not to pay?
(a) Lincoln defended her husband unsuccessfully and he was hanged.
(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) He believes she is going to inherit a lot of money, so he can wait for payment.
3. What is Lincoln studying in the opening scene?
(a) Punctuation marks.
(b) The moods of the English language.
(c) The moods of a woman he would like to court.
(d) The plays of Shakespeare.
4. What happens at the end of Act 2, Scene 4 that proves Lincoln's claim that he is a social success?
(a) Ninian Edwards invites Lincoln home for dinner.
(b) Mary Todd sends Lincoln a thank-you note for a pleasant evening the previous week.
(c) Nancy Green accepts a job as his social secretary to keep track of his dates.
(d) Josh Speed introduces Lincoln to his sister.
5. 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) He finds it strange: "I don't get the meaning of it, at all."
(d) It depresses him: "Life is sure 'nuff short, why think about death?"
6. What is Bowling Green's attitude toward the possibility of Lincoln marrying Ann Rutledge?
(a) He is against the marriage; he knows Ann has been seeing someone else.
(b) He's for the marriage; Ann's family has a lot of money to spend on campaigns.
(c) Judge Green is against it; he thinks Ann will be a hindrance to Lincoln.
(d) He's all for the marriage; he thinks Ann will keep Lincoln on track.
7. How does Lincoln intend to communicate his intentions to Mary Todd?
(a) In person.
(b) In an email.
(c) In a letter.
(d) In a telegram.
8. In Act 2, Scene 4, why is Billy Herndon disappointed with Lincoln?
(a) Lincoln is considering buying slaves.
(b) Lincoln won't speak out in a fiery way for his own beliefs.
(c) Lincoln is courting more than one woman at a time.
(d) Lincoln is an unsuccessful lawyer and the firm is losing money.
9. On which holiday does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?
(b) The Fourth of July.
(c) Labor Day.
(d) Memorial Day.
10. What is the mood of the speech Lincoln is asked to read in the first scene?
11. What is the local gossip in New Salem about Ann Rutledge?
(a) She is secretly a witch.
(b) She is in line for a job as the town's teacher.
(c) She has been jilted by her fiance, who left town.
(d) She is in love with Abe Lincoln.
12. According to Nancy Green in Act 1, Scene 3, why can't Lincoln face life without a woman by his side?
(a) Because he listens to strange voices that speak to him in church and they command him to do bad things.
(b) Because he hears the whispers of the dead women in his life, including his mother, and he can't understand what the whispers mean.
(c) Because he hears voices in the night and they give him contradictory directions.
(d) Because he goes into trances when under stress and needs someone to help him snap out of it.
13. In Scene 2, Act 4, what office is Lincoln seeking?
(a) Member of the Electoral College.
(b) Springfield's combined office of dogcatcher and postmaster.
(c) President of the Springfield School Board.
(d) President of the United States.
14. What does Lincoln do at the end of Act 2, Scene 6?
(a) He leaves to break off his engagement in person.
(b) He writes another letter, telling Mary Todd he hates her.
(c) He decides he must go through with the wedding.
(d) He leaves town without informing Mary Todd.
15. What are the Bowling Greens reading when Josh Speed arrives at their home in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) The Bourne Chronicles.
(b) The Federalist Papers.
(c) The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
(d) The New York Review of Books.
Short Answer Questions
1. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?
2. Who is Elizabeth Edwards?
3. Who gave the speech that Lincoln's teacher has him read?
4. What happens to Ann Rutledge?
5. How old is Abe Lincoln at the time of Act 2, Scene 4 in his Springfield law office?
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