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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are three things Lincoln likes about Ann Rutledge?
(a) She's smart, pretty and owns property.
(b) She's sensible, brave and good-looking.
(c) She's brave, pretty and a political asset.
(d) She's good-looking, sensible and wants a large family.

2. What does Billy Herndon urge Lincoln's friends to do, as Herndon leaves the office in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Dunk Lincoln in the river to wash away his stubborn streak.
(b) Drag him out of the stagnant pool in which he is drowning himself.
(c) Take Lincoln out to dinner and get him drunk.
(d) Introduce Lincoln to a good woman to marry.

3. 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) New Year's Day.
(d) Christmas Day.

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

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

6. Who is Billy Herndon?
(a) The illegitimate son of Josh Speed.
(b) A law clerk in Lincoln's office.
(c) A client of Lincoln's who is accused of murder.
(d) The boy who delivers mid-afternoon coffee and lottery tickets.

7. What is the plan that Seth Gale and Lincoln have for their futures?
(a) To relocate to Springfield and open a general store.
(b) To move west, to Nebraska.
(c) To move to California, in search of gold.
(d) To attend law school and go into practice together.

8. 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) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker objects.
(c) South Carolina's decision to break away from North Carolina; the speaker approves.
(d) The upcoming union of North and South; the speaker objects.

9. What piece of advice does Ninian Andrews give Lincoln concerning Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 6?
(a) He tells Lincoln that Mary Todd should be committed to a hospital.
(b) He says Lincoln should always follow her advice because she has a good head for politics.
(c) He says Lincoln should keep a tight rein on her ambitions and delusions of grandeur.
(d) He suggests giving in to her every whim in order to keep life happy.

10. What happens at the end of Act 2, Scene 4 that proves Lincoln's claim that he is a social success?
(a) Mary Todd sends Lincoln a thank-you note for a pleasant evening the previous week.
(b) Josh Speed introduces Lincoln to his sister.
(c) Nancy Green accepts a job as his social secretary to keep track of his dates.
(d) Ninian Edwards invites Lincoln home for dinner.

11. 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's all for the marriage; he thinks Ann will keep Lincoln on track.
(c) Judge Green is against it; he thinks Ann will be a hindrance to Lincoln.
(d) He is against the marriage; he knows Ann has been seeing someone else.

12. What is Lincoln's attitude toward people?
(a) He is afraid of them, unless he has known them all his life.
(b) He loves being in a crowd, but feels anxious one-to-one.
(c) He dislikes people because of their inhumanity.
(d) He likes them one-to-one, but crowds scare him.

13. Who is President during the time represented in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Winston Churchill.
(b) Martin Van Buren.
(c) Harrison Ford.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

14. What does Ann's love do for Lincoln?
(a) Her love inspires him to write great poetry.
(b) Her love makes him irritable because she is so needy.
(c) Her love makes him weak at the knees and fuzzy in his thoughts; he knows he can't make anything of himself.
(d) Her love makes him believe in God, believe that all things are possible, and he can do anything he wants.

15. How old is Abe Lincoln at the time of Act 2, Scene 4 in his Springfield law office?
(a) 27-years-old.
(b) 45-years-old.
(c) 72-years-old.
(d) 31-years-old.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?

2. What is the true reason Lincoln wants to end the engagement with Mary Todd?

3. How does Lincoln surprise Ann Rutledge while she is clearing tables during Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Who admits being the one who suggested recruiting Lincoln to run for office?

5. Who does Ninian Edwards believe might be instigating the prospect of marriage between Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd?

(see the answer keys)

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