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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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) A blizzard settles in, reflecting the cold that has settled in his heart.
(c) The weather is as clear as his conscience.
(d) The weather is as stormy as his mood.
2. 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.
3. What does Billy Herndon urge Lincoln's friends to do, as Herndon leaves the office in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Introduce Lincoln to a good woman to marry.
(b) Dunk Lincoln in the river to wash away his stubborn streak.
(c) Take Lincoln out to dinner and get him drunk.
(d) Drag him out of the stagnant pool in which he is drowning himself.
4. What does Lincoln's companion think of Lincoln's plan for his wedding?
(a) He agrees that Lincoln is making the right decision, for the right reasons.
(b) He thinks Lincoln is being too brutal, at least in the way he intends to deliver the news.
(c) He believes everything will work out fine, once Lincoln has a drink or two.
(d) He's distressed and offers to deliver the news himself.
5. What is Bowling Green's attitude toward the possibility of Lincoln marrying Ann Rutledge?
(a) He's for the marriage; Ann's family has a lot of money to spend on campaigns.
(b) He is against the marriage; he knows Ann has been seeing someone else.
(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.
6. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?
(a) He isn't sure, but he admits having hallucinations.
(b) No, he believes he has good reasons for his decision.
(c) Yes, he knows he is losing his mind--that's why he wants to run away.
(d) Yes, he says he's at the end of his rope and must have release from the wedding.
7. What opinion does Elizabeth Edwards have of Abe Lincoln?
(a) She calls him elegant, cultivated and likely to be rich some day soon.
(b) Compared to other men, he would be at the top of her list of potential husbands.
(c) She thinks he's divinely good-looking, but shiftless.
(d) She says he has a simple soul and is a most amiable creature, but not suitable as a husband.
8. What happens at the end of Act 2, Scene 4 that proves Lincoln's claim that he is a social success?
(a) Josh Speed introduces Lincoln to his sister.
(b) Nancy Green accepts a job as his social secretary to keep track of his dates.
(c) Mary Todd sends Lincoln a thank-you note for a pleasant evening the previous week.
(d) Ninian Edwards invites Lincoln home for dinner.
9. What does Lincoln do at the end of Act 2, Scene 6?
(a) He decides he must go through with the wedding.
(b) He leaves to break off his engagement in person.
(c) He writes another letter, telling Mary Todd he hates her.
(d) He leaves town without informing Mary Todd.
10. What is the subject of the speech Lincoln is studying in the first scene?
(a) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker approves.
(b) South Carolina's decision to break away from North Carolina; the speaker approves.
(c) The upcoming union of North and South; the speaker objects.
(d) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker objects.
11. Besides debt, what topic often occupies Lincoln's mind?
(a) The prospect of marriage.
(b) The prospect of death.
(c) The prospect of a harsh winter.
(d) The prospect of civil war.
12. What does Lincoln do that impresses Ninian Edwards in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Lincoln announces there is free pie in the town square.
(b) Lincoln gets everyone's attention by firing his pistol at the ceiling.
(c) Lincoln punches a bully who is threatening Ann Rutledge.
(d) Lincoln diffuses the tension with the Clancy Groves boys.
13. Why can't Lincoln bring himself to shoot a deer?
(a) Because his mother was an anti-gun lobbyist.
(b) Because he once saw one running across his mother's grave.
(c) Because of the scene in "Bambi," in which his mother was killed.
(d) Because he prefers bow-hunting.
14. What characteristics make Mary Todd a good catch in the eyes of most people?
(a) She speaks French, cooks Italian and comes from a line of English royalty.
(b) She is exceedingly beautiful and has a shy, retiring demeanor.
(c) She's highly educated and would make a good Secretary of State.
(d) She's smart, cultivated and the daughter of a bank president.
15. How does Lincoln feel after Ann's death?
(a) He feels guilty because she got brain sickness and he did not.
(b) He is relieved because he had begun to doubt her love.
(c) He feels he should die to be with her again or he will go crazy.
(d) He knows her death is for the best, and that he will be able to concentrate better without her.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Lincoln arrives at the Edwards' home in Act 2, Scene 5, does he sense tension between Mary Todd and her sister?
2. Why is Mary Todd so sure that Lincoln will be a success, and not stop to tell jokes, as her sister predicts?
3. According to Nancy Green in Act 1, Scene 3, why can't Lincoln face life without a woman by his side?
4. How does Lincoln surprise Ann Rutledge while she is clearing tables during Act 1, Scene 2?
5. What does Lincoln's teacher suggest Lincoln do to improve his life?
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