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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In the debate, Lincoln accuses Douglas of pandering to both sides of the slavery issue. What does he mean?
(a) Breathing heavily whenever the issue becomes heated.
(b) Telling the South he's for slavery and the North that it shouldn't be allowed to spread.
(c) Offering a trip to China to see the giant Pandas if a compromise is reached.
(d) Refusing to take a stand either for or against slavery.
2. Why has Lincoln come to see Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) He has come to apologize for breaking their engagement.
(b) He has hopes she will revive his political career.
(c) He has come to give word of his engagement to another woman.
(d) He has come for dinner, at the invitation of her brother-in-law.
3. What promise does Mary Todd extract from Lincoln before agreeing to marry him?
(a) He vows to work day and night to become President for her.
(b) He promises to take her advice in every situation.
(c) He will submit to a thorough psychiatric evaluation.
(d) He will never again falter or run away from her.
4. What university does Lincoln's oldest son attend?
(b) University of Illinois.
5. In the debate, Douglas says Lincoln appears innocent but is very good at doing something dangerous with his words. What is it?
(a) Tossing verbal lightning bolts with lethal force.
(b) Aiming verbal volleys with the accuracy of a sharpshooter.
(c) Inserting daggers between an opponent's ribs.
(d) Flinging words like David flung stones.
6. Seth Gale tells Abe he's feeling "pretty scared" about his son's health. What does Lincoln tell him?
(a) He offers to burn some incense and herbs to smoke out the boy's fever.
(b) He agrees Gale should be scared and urges him to turn back.
(c) He urges Gale not to be scared, that he is doing a "big thing" and shouldn't let anything beat him down.
(d) He tells Gale that he, too, is scared but he will go West with the Gale family.
7. Lincoln says he has come to believe something about himself and Mary. What is it?
(a) Their destinies are together, for better or worse.
(b) They are like peanut butter and jelly--good alone, but better together.
(c) Their destinies will take them to Europe to live.
(d) They will never be happy together, no matter how they try.
8. What legal case established that slaves should be considered property?
(a) The Slaughterhouse Cases.
(b) Marbury v. Madison.
(c) Brown v. Board of Education.
(d) Dred Scott v. Sandford.
9. How is the crowd outside receiving voting results?
(a) Announcements are made by loudspeaker.
(b) Through their Twitter accounts.
(c) By images flashed by a magic lantern outside the State House.
(d) A crier shouts the results from the roof of the State House.
10. Where does Seth Gale intend to settle his family?
(b) New Mexico.
11. What is the fear of those assigned to protect Lincoln on his way to Washington?
(a) Angry Southerners will kill him.
(b) His train will be bombed.
(c) Mary Todd Lincoln will smother him with a pillow.
(d) He will run away to Canada.
12. What is the dream from ancient times that Lincoln speaks of in his farewell?
(a) The dream of stepping foot on the moon.
(b) Mankind's dream of shaking off chains and finding freedom in the brotherhood of life.
(c) A hope that every child will be born with a silver spoon for safe-keeping.
(d) A dream that every home will have a chicken in every pot.
13. What does Seth Gale suggest might happen if slavery spreads West to new states and territories?
(a) He predicts settlers will raise an army and declare war.
(b) He thinks the Mexicans will attack if slavery spreads.
(c) He says settlers might form another country or move to Canada.
(d) He says settlers will be satisfied, regardless of the state of slavery.
14. What institution does Douglas use to bolster his argument that negroes are not equal under the Constitution?
(a) The Supreme Court.
(b) The American Civil Liberties Union.
(c) The Catholic Church.
(d) The National Rifle Association.
15. What has Lincoln been doing since breaking his engagement to Mary Todd?
(a) Studying to become a missionary preacher.
(b) Just drifting, down around Kentucky and Indiana.
(c) Teaching down in Kentucky and Indiana.
(d) Practicing law and building a fortune.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is Lincoln's appearance different from Election Day?
2. What is Lincoln doing as he waits for the voting results?
3. At the end of Scene 2, Act 8, what is Lincoln's response to Mary's actions?
4. What is the last line of the play, sung by the crowd?
5. What is the essential element Lincoln's party is seeking in a presidential candidate when they ask him to run?
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