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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does Bowling Green call Lincoln "an artful dodger" in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Lincoln manages to slip away from debt collectors just when they are closing in on him.
(b) Lincoln has left a number of women at the altar.
(c) Lincoln is an accomplished amateur boxer who never takes a blow to the chin.
(d) Lincoln continually evades running for any office that would require him to take a public stand on slavery.

3. 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 a chicken crossed the road to get to the other side.
(b) That he will be a candidate for the assembly of the State of Illinois.
(c) That Jack Armstrong, of the Clancy Groves boys, will run for the State Assembly.
(d) That Ann Rutledge has run off to marry Josh Speed.

4. How does Lincoln surprise Ann Rutledge while she is clearing tables during Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) By bursting into song when she agrees to talk with him.
(b) By declaring his love for her.
(c) By asking her to dance on the bar.
(d) By delivering a package from her fiance.

5. Who are the main characters in the first scene of the play?
(a) Abe Lincoln and Mentor Graham.
(b) Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln.
(c) Abe Lincoln and Seth Gale.
(d) Mentor Graham, Seth Gale and Mary Todd Lincoln.

6. 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) She is a poor widow and Lincoln doesn't take money from widows.
(c) He believes she is going to inherit a lot of money, so he can wait for payment.
(d) Lincoln took a horse from her late husband in payment.

7. What does Mary Todd say when asked in Act. 2, Scene 5, if she is considering marriage to Lincoln?
(a) "That is the most repulsive idea I've ever heard."
(b) "I have decided I shall be Mrs. Lincoln."
(c) "I am determined to marry Stephen Douglas."
(d) "I have never given that idea a moment's thought."

8. What, besides politics, does Lincoln have on his mind during the scene in the Rutledge Tavern?
(a) Running down to the town picnic for a piece of pie.
(b) Taking over the family farm from his sick father.
(c) Asking Ann Rutledge to consider him as a suitor.
(d) Asking town officials for a raise in his wages as postmaster.

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

10. In a poem given to Lincoln by his teacher in the first scene, life is compared to what?
(a) A river, a meadow, the wide horizon.
(b) A nightmare, a hallucination, a ghost.
(c) A fairy tale, a legend, a lie.
(d) A dream, a vision, a phantom.

11. What are the five indicative moods, as Lincoln knows them?
(a) Indicative, Imperative, Potential, Subjunctive and Infinitive.
(b) Sad, Glad, Mad, Grumpy and Giddy.
(c) Meditative, Imperial, Possible, Subjective and Infinite.
(d) Commanding, Questioning, Doubting, Inferior and Decisive.

12. In Scene 2, Act 4, what office is Lincoln seeking?
(a) Springfield's combined office of dogcatcher and postmaster.
(b) Member of the Electoral College.
(c) President of the Springfield School Board.
(d) President of the United States.

13. What does Mary Todd's sister predict if she marries Lincoln?
(a) A life in a miserable cabin, without servants and without decent clothing.
(b) A life in a quaint cabin, stitching buckskin clothing and raising a passel of children.
(c) A wanderer's life, as Lincoln can't seem to hold a decent job.
(d) A glittering life in the nation's capital, dancing with elegant Europeans.

14. 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 suggests giving in to her every whim in order to keep life happy.
(c) He says Lincoln should keep a tight rein on her ambitions and delusions of grandeur.
(d) He says Lincoln should always follow her advice because she has a good head for politics.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law clerk, arrives in Act 2, Scene 6. What is his condition?

2. What reason does Lincoln give in Act 2, Scene 4 for turning down the opportunity to speak against slavery?

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

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

5. What is the mood of the speech Lincoln is asked to read in the first scene?

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