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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who have Bowling Green, Ninian Edwards and Josh Speed come to New Salem to see?
(a) Ben Mattling.
(b) Abe Lincoln.
(c) Seth Gale
(d) Ann Rutledge.

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

3. In Scene 2, Act 4, Lincoln receives a letter from his old friend, Seth Gale. What is Gale worrying about?
(a) The prospect of his father's death and the debts he will inherit.
(b) His wife's increasingly bizarre behavior.
(c) Gale's property taxes are going sky-high to pay for liberation of the slaves.
(d) The possible annexation of Texas, which would result in the extension of slavery through all the territories.

4. In a poem that Lincoln reads in the first scene, what is it that the poet finds strange about people?
(a) They look forward to death, even when life is good.
(b) They are afraid to face death alone.
(c) They think of death as an awakening.
(d) They dance through life unaware of pleasure.

5. 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 gives the letter to Herndon.
(c) He throws the letter into the fire in the stove.
(d) He rips the letter into tiny pieces and throws them on the floor.

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

7. What is happening when Lincoln enters Rutledge Tavern to deliver mail?
(a) A local bully is angling for a fight with Ninian Edwards.
(b) The Clancy Groves boys have the judge trapped behind the bar.
(c) Ben Mattling is having a heart attack.
(d) The Clancy Groves boys are buying a round of whiskey for everyone.

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

9. What does Lincoln's companion think of Lincoln's plan for his wedding?
(a) He agrees that Lincoln is making the right decision, for the right reasons.
(b) He's distressed and offers to deliver the news himself.
(c) He thinks Lincoln is being too brutal, at least in the way he intends to deliver the news.
(d) He believes everything will work out fine, once Lincoln has a drink or two.

10. In Act 2, Scene 4, why is Billy Herndon disappointed with Lincoln?
(a) Lincoln won't speak out in a fiery way for his own beliefs.
(b) Lincoln is considering buying slaves.
(c) Lincoln is an unsuccessful lawyer and the firm is losing money.
(d) Lincoln is courting more than one woman at a time.

11. On which holiday does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?
(a) Memorial Day.
(b) Thanksgiving.
(c) Labor Day.
(d) The Fourth of July.

12. 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 Jack Armstrong, of the Clancy Groves boys, will run for the State Assembly.
(c) That he will be a candidate for the assembly of the State of Illinois.
(d) That Ann Rutledge has run off to marry Josh Speed.

13. What is Lincoln's new attitude toward God after Ann's death?
(a) He accepts that "the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away."
(b) He knows if he had prayed day and night, Ann would have lived.
(c) He becomes an atheist.
(d) He can't pray to a God that needlessly allowed Ann to die.

14. What does Lincoln do at the end of Act 2, Scene 6?
(a) He decides he must go through with the wedding.
(b) He leaves town without informing Mary Todd.
(c) He writes another letter, telling Mary Todd he hates her.
(d) He leaves to break off his engagement in person.

15. What is Lincoln's initial response to the idea of running for office?
(a) He is angry because he thinks the idea is a bad joke.
(b) He weeps because his friends think so highly of him.
(c) He's excited and jumps at the chance.
(d) He thinks it's a comical notion and not a good idea.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the plan that Seth Gale and Lincoln have for their futures?

2. One of Lincoln's clients can't pay her bill; why does Lincoln think she is right not to pay?

3. Why does Bowling Green call Lincoln "an artful dodger" in Act 2, Scene 4?

4. How does Lincoln feel after Ann's death?

5. How does Mary Todd respond to Lincoln's proposal at the end of Act 2, Scene 5?

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