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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) Abe Lincoln.
(b) Seth Gale
(c) Ann Rutledge.
(d) Ben Mattling.

2. What opinion does Elizabeth Edwards have of Abe Lincoln?
(a) She thinks he's divinely good-looking, but shiftless.
(b) Compared to other men, he would be at the top of her list of potential husbands.
(c) She calls him elegant, cultivated and likely to be rich some day soon.
(d) She says he has a simple soul and is a most amiable creature, but not suitable as a husband.

3. When Act 2, Scene 4 opens in Lincoln's Springfield law office, how much time has passed since the death of Ann Rutledge?
(a) Two years.
(b) Five years.
(c) Thirteen years.
(d) Six months.

4. What is the weather, as the Greens sit in their parlor, waiting for Abe to return from Ann Rutledge's home?
(a) A gentle breeze ruffles the leaves of autumn trees.
(b) A blizzard is going on.
(c) It is storming, windy and rainy.
(d) The sun is shining brightly.

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

6. In Act 2, Scene 5, does Lincoln ask Mary Todd to marry him?
(a) Yes, but she says she can't quite decide.
(b) No, but she plans to pop the question that evening.
(c) No, but she expects he will ask that evening.
(d) Yes, but Elizabeth's objections put the matter on hold.

7. How does Lincoln jokingly describe, in Act 2, Scene 5, the act of defending a murder suspect?
(a) "Doing what I can to obstruct the orderly processes of justice."
(b) "Spinning doubt as thick as a black widow's web."
(c) "Tossing enough hot potatos to keep a judge from telling which one is rotten."
(d) "Whipping such a blizzard of words as to keep justice slipping and sliding."

8. What is the plan that Seth Gale and Lincoln have for their futures?
(a) To move to California, in search of gold.
(b) To relocate to Springfield and open a general store.
(c) To attend law school and go into practice together.
(d) To move west, to Nebraska.

9. How does Act 1, Scene 3, in which Ann Rutledge dies, come to an end?
(a) The scene ends with only a beam of light from Abe's attic illuminating the stage.
(b) The scene ends when Lincoln stumbles offstage, leaving his friends worried about his fate.
(c) The scene ends with a prayer spoken by Nancy Green.
(d) The scene concludes with Lincoln on his knees in the attic, sobbing.

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

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

12. What are three things Lincoln likes about Ann Rutledge?
(a) She's sensible, brave and good-looking.
(b) She's good-looking, sensible and wants a large family.
(c) She's smart, pretty and owns property.
(d) She's brave, pretty and a political asset.

13. 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) South Carolina's decision to break away from North Carolina; the speaker approves.
(d) The right of states to secede from the Union; the speaker objects.

14. 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) Lincoln's aunt.
(d) The postmistress of New Salem.

15. 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) Yes, he says he's at the end of his rope and must have release from the wedding.
(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.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lincoln define his "own great duty?"

2. What is the "good joke" Lincoln plans to tell Bowling Green at the end of Act 1, Scene 2 in the Rutledge Tavern?

3. Who gave the speech that Lincoln's teacher has him read?

4. What is Lincoln's attitude toward people?

5. What characteristics make Mary Todd a good catch in the eyes of most people?

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