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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Ann Rutledge?
(a) A nun who has taken up the monastic life in Illinois.
(b) The woman Abe Lincoln wants to court.
(c) The postmistress of New Salem.
(d) Lincoln's aunt.

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

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

4. How does Lincoln define his "own great duty?"
(a) His duty is to defend the Constitution to the best of his understanding.
(b) His duty is to mind his own business and he doesn't care what other people think.
(c) He doesn't know what it is and he's tired of people nagging him about it.
(d) He needs to go West and seize California from the Mexican government.

5. What does Lincoln do that impresses Ninian Edwards in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Lincoln diffuses the tension with the Clancy Groves boys.
(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 announces there is free pie in the town square.

6. Who is with Lincoln at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?
(a) Seth Gale.
(b) Josh Speed.
(c) Bowling Green.
(d) Ann Rutledge.

7. In Act 2, Scene 5, Lincoln mentions a woman "foxing" his pants--what does that mean?
(a) Attaching foxskins down the legs as a means of camoflauge.
(b) Sewing buckskin around the lower legs to keep them from being shredded by underbrush.
(c) The woman was flirting with him outrageously.
(d) Something so scandalous that Mary Todd showed Lincoln the door before he could explain.

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

9. What is Billy Herndon's reaction to Lincoln's reasons for breaking off the engagement?
(a) He is gobsmacked, but he helps Lincoln write another letter.
(b) Herndon agrees that Mary Todd is a witch and says he's glad Lincoln changed his mind.
(c) Herndon says Lincoln is really trying to escape his own failure to serve the country.
(d) He is stunned and speechless. He finishes off the bottle in his pocket.

10. Besides debt, what topic often occupies Lincoln's mind?
(a) The prospect of marriage.
(b) The prospect of death.
(c) The prospect of civil war.
(d) The prospect of a harsh winter.

11. Who is Elizabeth Edwards?
(a) Mary Todd's sister and Ninian Edwards' wife.
(b) The author of two memoirs.
(c) The wife of a one-time presidential candidate.
(d) The woman Abe Lincoln loves and wants to marry.

12. 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) Christmas Day.
(b) Thanksgiving Day.
(c) The Fourth of July.
(d) New Year's Day.

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

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

15. What is the local gossip in New Salem about Ann Rutledge?
(a) She has been jilted by her fiance, who left town.
(b) She is in love with Abe Lincoln.
(c) She is in line for a job as the town's teacher.
(d) She is secretly a witch.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lincoln jokingly describe, in Act 2, Scene 5, the act of defending a murder suspect?

2. What are the five indicative moods, as Lincoln knows them?

3. What does Billy Herndon urge Lincoln's friends to do, as Herndon leaves the office in Act 2, Scene 4?

4. How does Mary Todd characterize the life her sister and brother-in-law have chosen?

5. Why is Ann's death such a setback to Lincoln?

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