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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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 he will be a candidate for the assembly of the State of Illinois.
(b) That a chicken crossed the road to get to the other side.
(c) That Ann Rutledge has run off to marry Josh Speed.
(d) That Jack Armstrong, of the Clancy Groves boys, will run for the State Assembly.
2. 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 says he's at the end of his rope and must have release from the wedding.
(d) Yes, he knows he is losing his mind--that's why he wants to run away.
3. According to Nancy Green in Act 1, Scene 3, why can't Lincoln face life without a woman by his side?
(a) Because he hears the whispers of the dead women in his life, including his mother, and he can't understand what the whispers mean.
(b) Because he listens to strange voices that speak to him in church and they command him to do bad things.
(c) Because he goes into trances when under stress and needs someone to help him snap out of it.
(d) Because he hears voices in the night and they give him contradictory directions.
4. What does Lincoln's teacher suggest Lincoln do to improve his life?
(a) Consider becoming a minister.
(b) Find a woman to marry.
(c) Get a law degree.
(d) Move out of town.
5. What is the setting of the first scene of Abe Lincoln in Illinois?
(a) A cabin near New Salem, Illionois, which belongs to Lincoln's teacher.
(b) A riverboat on the mighty Mississippi.
(c) A tavern in Springfield.
(d) A log cabin in the woods of Missouri.
6. Why does Lincoln return to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) The Greens have asked him to mediate in their divorce.
(b) He has been kicked out of Springfiled for being drunk in public.
(c) Seth Gale summoned him with a letter.
(d) Ann Rutledge is sick.
7. What happens to Ann Rutledge?
(a) She dies of a brain sickness.
(b) Bitten by a mosquito, she is paralzyed and left speechless.
(c) She runs away to Chicago to attend law school.
(d) She meets a wealthy man, marries him and moves West.
8. How old is Abe Lincoln at the time of Act 2, Scene 4 in his Springfield law office?
9. Why is Mary Todd so sure that Lincoln will be a success, and not stop to tell jokes, as her sister predicts?
(a) She doesn't care if he's a success; she has a huge inheritance that will support them both.
(b) Because she knows that Lincoln is not very good at telling jokes and has a strong streak of ambition.
(c) Because Lincoln has confided his dream of becoming a successful merchant and moving to New York.
(d) Because she is strong enough to make sure he moves along the road of success without stopping.
10. What is the subject of the speech Lincoln is studying in the first scene?
(a) South Carolina's decision to break away from North Carolina; 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) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker approves.
11. Who is President of the United States at the time Edwards visits New Salem to meet Lincoln?
(a) John Glenn.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) Andrew Jackson.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.
12. When Lincoln suggests he wants to die in Act 1, Scene 3, how do his friends respond?
(a) They fall to their knees and beg him to reconsider.
(b) They promise to introduce him to other women.
(c) They insist he stay and try to get some sleep.
(d) They agree that it might be best if he dies.
13. Who is Ann Rutledge?
(a) The woman Abe Lincoln wants to court.
(b) The postmistress of New Salem.
(c) Lincoln's aunt.
(d) A nun who has taken up the monastic life in Illinois.
14. What does Lincoln see on the boat from Quincy to Alton that shocks him?
(a) A dozen negroes, chained together, being shipped South to be sold.
(b) A woman with 12 children, begging for food.
(c) A dozen mules on shore, chained and being flogged.
(d) A dozen dancing girls, chained together, forced to entertain passengers.
15. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?
(a) If not elected, a man will be ashamed in his own community.
(b) If he loses, a man will be left with many debts.
(c) If elected, a man has to move to the city.
(d) If elected, a man is likely to be shot.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Mary Todd say when asked in Act. 2, Scene 5, if she is considering marriage to Lincoln?
2. What is Josh Speed's understanding of Lincoln's personality?
3. Who is with Lincoln at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?
4. In Act 2, Scene 5, Lincoln mentions a woman "foxing" his pants--what does that mean?
5. What piece of advice does Ninian Andrews give Lincoln concerning Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 6?
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