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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is the dream from ancient times that Lincoln speaks of in his farewell?
(a) Mankind's dream of shaking off chains and finding freedom in the brotherhood of life.
(b) A hope that every child will be born with a silver spoon for safe-keeping.
(c) A dream that every home will have a chicken in every pot.
(d) The dream of stepping foot on the moon.
2. What are the railroad workers in Illinois doing, according to Douglas, to protest their low wages?
(a) Looking for jobs in other industries.
(b) Nothing--they can't afford to offend their employers.
(c) They are marching, singing "I've been working on the railroad."
(d) They are striking, refusing to work.
3. What does Lincoln do with his notes before he begins speaking in the debate with Douglas?
(a) Sticks them under his chair.
(b) Rips them to pieces.
(c) Puts them in his hat.
(d) Puts them on the podium.
4. Mary Todd enters Act 2, Scene 10 while Lincoln is talking with his sons and objects to something the oldest son is doing. What is it?
(a) Putting his feet on the furniture.
(b) Smoking in the parlor.
(c) Scratching under his arm.
(d) Playing the piano with sticky fingers.
5. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?
(a) Running for President of the United States.
(b) Opening a local branch of Macy's.
(c) Shutting down the abolitionist newspaper.
(d) Taking over the Department of Justice.
6. What do the red flags mean in the map of states in Lincoln's campaign headquarters?
(a) Red states are undecided.
(b) Red states are experiencing a measles epidemic.
(c) Red states are Communist.
(d) Red states are sure bets for Lincoln.
7. Douglas accuses Lincoln of having sympathy for slaves but no sympathy for another suffering group of people. Who are they?
(a) Auto workers in Detroit.
(b) Seamstresses on the East Coast.
(c) Windsurfers in Hawaii.
(d) Textile workers in the North.
8. Seth Gale tells Abe he's feeling "pretty scared" about his son's health. What does Lincoln tell him?
(a) He tells Gale that he, too, is scared but he will go West with the Gale family.
(b) He agrees Gale should be scared and urges him to turn back.
(c) He offers to burn some incense and herbs to smoke out the boy's fever.
(d) He urges Gale not to be scared, that he is doing a "big thing" and shouldn't let anything beat him down.
9. What are the issues on Lincoln's mind as he addresses the crowd?
(a) The cost of maintaining the railroads.
(b) A strike by factory workers in New Jersey.
(c) The break-up of the Union because 11 states have promised to secede.
(d) His wife's mental health.
10. What state delivers the final votes needed for Lincoln's victory?
(c) New York.
11. What is Mary Todd's mood when she finds out--at the last minute--that important men are coming to talk to her husband?
12. What are Mary's first words to Abe when he arrives after a two-year absence?
(a) "You should be ashamed of yourself, Mr. Lincoln."
(b) "Mr. Lincoln, you are not my idea of a good man."
(c) "I'm glad to see you again, Mr. Lincoln."
(d) "I always knew you would return to me, Abe."
13. What's the first thing one of the guests in Act 3, Scene 10 does after sitting down in the Lincolns' parlor?
(a) Offers Lincoln a job running his company.
(b) Congratulates Lincoln on the beauty of the house.
(c) Asks permission to smoke a cigar.
(d) Spills tea on the sofa.
14. What is the sentence that Lincoln tells his farewell crowd is true and appropriate for all times and occasions?
(a) "And this, too, shall pass away."
(b) "This is the day the Lord has made."
(c) "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."
(d) "One step for man, a giant step for mankind."
15. The influential men visiting Lincoln ask about his views on which two topics?
(a) Religion and interstate commerce.
(b) Workers rights and religious faith.
(c) Slavery and bank regulation.
(d) Taxes and slavery.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is Lincoln's appearance different from Election Day?
2. How many candidates are seeking the presidency?
3. How does Mary Todd describe Lincoln's behavior and absence over the previous two years?
4. What legal case established that slaves should be considered property?
5. How old is Lincoln as he leaves Illinois for the White House?
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