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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When Act 2, Scene 4 opens in Lincoln's Springfield law office, how much time has passed since the death of Ann Rutledge?
(a) Six months.
(b) Thirteen years.
(c) Two years.
(d) Five years.
2. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?
(a) If elected, a man is likely to be shot.
(b) If he loses, a man will be left with many debts.
(c) If not elected, a man will be ashamed in his own community.
(d) If elected, a man has to move to the city.
3. Lincoln and Mary Todd are getting married, yet he seems to be in despair. Why?
(a) Mary Todd has written him a letter, breaking their engagement.
(b) He discovers he loves Elizabeth Edwards, not Mary Todd.
(c) He wants to break the engagement and leave Mary Todd at the altar.
(d) Mary Todd has run off with Billy Herndon.
4. Who is Ann Rutledge?
(a) Lincoln's aunt.
(b) The postmistress of New Salem.
(c) The woman Abe Lincoln wants to court.
(d) A nun who has taken up the monastic life in Illinois.
5. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?
(a) Yes, he says he's at the end of his rope and must have release from the wedding.
(b) He isn't sure, but he admits having hallucinations.
(c) Yes, he knows he is losing his mind--that's why he wants to run away.
(d) No, he believes he has good reasons for his decision.
6. 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 upcoming union of North and South; the speaker objects.
(c) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker objects.
(d) South Carolina's decision to break away from North Carolina; the speaker approves.
7. Lincoln tells Josh Speed to give his letter for Mary Todd to Herndon to deliver. How does Josh respond?
(a) He runs out the door with the letter.
(b) He throws the letter into the fire in the stove.
(c) He rips the letter into tiny pieces and throws them on the floor.
(d) He gives the letter to Herndon.
8. What is the wedding gift Ninian has brought Abe?
(a) A slave.
(b) A stovepipe hat that will become Lincon's signature.
(c) A silver box of fine cigars.
(d) A fine, silver-headed cane.
9. What reason does Lincoln give in Act 2, Scene 4 for turning down the opportunity to speak against slavery?
(a) He has a date on the night of the rally.
(b) The sponsoring organization is "a pack of hell-raising fanatics."
(c) He is feuding with the president of the organization that wants him to speak.
(d) He is pro-slavery.
10. What is the purpose of Edwards' visit to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) To bring law and order to New Salem.
(b) To recruit Lincoln to run for the State Assembly.
(c) To announce his own run for the presidency.
(d) To look at the Rutledge Tavern as an investment.
11. In Act 2, Scene 4, why is Billy Herndon disappointed with Lincoln?
(a) Lincoln is an unsuccessful lawyer and the firm is losing money.
(b) Lincoln is courting more than one woman at a time.
(c) Lincoln won't speak out in a fiery way for his own beliefs.
(d) Lincoln is considering buying slaves.
12. According to Josh, how is Lincoln doing in the State Assembly?
(a) Not well; he sits and draws his three dollars a day without paying attention.
(b) Fabulously well; he's shown himself to be a natural leader.
(c) Great; he's getting kickbacks for legislation he sponsors.
(d) Not well; he's been rabble-rousing with speeches against slavery.
13. In a poem that Lincoln reads in the first scene, what is it that the poet finds strange about people?
(a) They think of death as an awakening.
(b) They dance through life unaware of pleasure.
(c) They are afraid to face death alone.
(d) They look forward to death, even when life is good.
14. How does Lincoln define his "own great duty?"
(a) His duty is to defend the Constitution to the best of his understanding.
(b) He doesn't know what it is and he's tired of people nagging him about it.
(c) He needs to go West and seize California from the Mexican government.
(d) His duty is to mind his own business and he doesn't care what other people think.
15. How does the weather complement Lincoln's mood when he arrives at the home of the Greens' with news of Ann's death?
(a) A blizzard settles in, reflecting the cold that has settled in his heart.
(b) The wind howls in agony along with him.
(c) The weather is as clear as his conscience.
(d) The weather is as stormy as his mood.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the plan that Seth Gale and Lincoln have for their futures?
2. Who have Bowling Green, Ninian Edwards and Josh Speed come to New Salem to see?
3. What is the setting of Act 2, Scene 5 and what does it convey about the occupants?
4. What characteristics make Mary Todd a good catch in the eyes of most people?
5. What do Josh Speed and Bowling Green think might be the result, if slavery spreads further across the South?
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