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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Lincoln blame for all the political strife in the country?
(a) The Whigs.
(b) The British.
(c) The Abolitionists.
(d) The U.S. Army.

2. What organization wants Lincoln to give a speech?
(a) The Democratic Party of Quincy, Ill.
(b) The American Civil Liberties Union.
(c) The AFL-CIO.
(d) The Elijiah Lovejoy League of Freemen.

3. Who gave the speech that Lincoln's teacher has him read?
(a) James Madison.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) Daniel Webster.
(d) George Washington.

4. 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 voices in the night and they give him contradictory directions.
(b) Because he hears the whispers of the dead women in his life, including his mother, and he can't understand what the whispers mean.
(c) Because he goes into trances when under stress and needs someone to help him snap out of it.
(d) Because he listens to strange voices that speak to him in church and they command him to do bad things.

5. What is Josh Speed's understanding of Lincoln's personality?
(a) Lincoln is a great fool with an odd understanding of the law.
(b) Lincoln is obsessive-compulsive and can't stop counting fence posts.
(c) Lincoln can't control his manic-depressive episodes and constantly makes a fool of himself.
(d) Lincoln is a hopeless hypochondriac who reads Hamlet.

6. What is Lincoln's attitude about people before he meets Ann Rutledge?
(a) It's best not to get too close to people; they see the insanity behind the surface.
(b) The best thing is to take a vow of silence in order not to be bothered by fools.
(c) Getting close to others is the best antidote in the world to loneliness.
(d) All people are to a degree insane, but that shouldn't stop one from getting close to them.

7. What subject is always heavy on Lincoln's mind?
(a) That he'll never have a chance to run for public office.
(b) That if he ever gets out of debt, he'll get right back in again.
(c) That his partner will buy the store where Abe works and fire him.
(d) That he will fail at the job of postmaster.

8. 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.

9. What does Mary Todd's sister predict if she marries Lincoln?
(a) A glittering life in the nation's capital, dancing with elegant Europeans.
(b) A life in a quaint cabin, stitching buckskin clothing and raising a passel of children.
(c) A life in a miserable cabin, without servants and without decent clothing.
(d) A wanderer's life, as Lincoln can't seem to hold a decent job.

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

11. When Lincoln suggests he wants to die in Act 1, Scene 3, how do his friends respond?
(a) They agree that it might be best if he dies.
(b) They fall to their knees and beg him to reconsider.
(c) They promise to introduce him to other women.
(d) They insist he stay and try to get some sleep.

12. What excuse does Ninian Edwards give for getting himself and his wife out of the parlor so Lincoln can be alone with Mary Todd?
(a) He takes his wife dancing.
(b) He feigns an injury and asks his wife to help him upstairs.
(c) The two have to hear their children's bedtime prayers.
(d) He doesn't give an excuse, just grabs his wife's arm and hustles her off stage.

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

14. How old is Abe Lincoln at the time of Act 2, Scene 4 in his Springfield law office?
(a) 45-years-old.
(b) 72-years-old.
(c) 31-years-old.
(d) 27-years-old.

15. What is Mary Todd's lifelong dream for herself?
(a) That she will marry the President of the United States.
(b) That she will be able to nominate Supreme Court justices.
(c) That she will become President of the United States.
(d) That she will live a simple life, raising children.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the mood of the speech Lincoln is asked to read in the first scene?

3. What is a benefit of being in the state capitol that might entice Lincoln to run for office?

4. What is Josh Speed's request to the Greens as he departs at the end of Act 1, Scene 3?

5. How much would Lincoln be paid as a member of the legislature?

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