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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What plans are afoot in South Carolina in case of a Lincoln victory?
(a) A 10,000-man march on Washington.
(b) A Republican victory celebration with fireworks.
(c) Emancipation of slaves in the state.
(d) Secession from the Union.
2. What does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) To contribute to his campaign.
(b) To be his wife.
(c) To move west to Oregon with him and Seth Gale.
(d) To leave town so he and Ninian Edwards can resume their friendship.
3. What is Lincoln wearing as he arrives for the train to Washington?
(a) A straw hat.
(b) A plaid shawl over his shoulders.
(c) A gray, hand-tailored suit.
(d) The kilt of his family's clan.
4. How many candidates are seeking the presidency?
5. Lincoln says he has come to believe something about himself and Mary. What is it?
(a) Their destinies will take them to Europe to live.
(b) Their destinies are together, for better or worse.
(c) They will never be happy together, no matter how they try.
(d) They are like peanut butter and jelly--good alone, but better together.
6. What is Mary Todd Lincoln's response to her husband's suggestion that she go home?
(a) She becomes hysterical and says her husband hates her.
(b) She laughs and insists she's staying until the bitter end.
(c) She bursts into tears and slaps him.
(d) She turns silently and leaves the room.
7. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?
(a) Taking over the Department of Justice.
(b) Shutting down the abolitionist newspaper.
(c) Opening a local branch of Macy's.
(d) Running for President of the United States.
8. Who is Lincoln's main rival for the presidency?
(a) William Herndon.
(b) Uriah Heep.
(c) Stephen Douglas.
(d) Andrew Jackson.
9. What does Seth Gale suggest might happen if slavery spreads West to new states and territories?
(a) He says settlers will be satisfied, regardless of the state of slavery.
(b) He predicts settlers will raise an army and declare war.
(c) He thinks the Mexicans will attack if slavery spreads.
(d) He says settlers might form another country or move to Canada.
10. At the beginning of Act 3, Scene 10, Lincoln is sitting in his parlor with his sons. How many did he have?
11. What is the sentence that Lincoln tells his farewell crowd is true and appropriate for all times and occasions?
(a) "One step for man, a giant step for mankind."
(b) "And this, too, shall pass away."
(c) "This is the day the Lord has made."
(d) "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."
12. When Lincoln leaves the parlor for a moment, how does one of his visitors in Act 3, Scene 9 describe him?
(a) A lawyer as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
(b) One of the most astute politicians who ever emerged from a backwoods log cabin.
(c) One of the smoothest, slickest politicians that ever hoodwinked a yokel mob.
(d) A demagogue who could play the ringmaster in a Barnum and Bailey Circus.
13. What is it about the Gale family's plans that seems most important to Lincoln?
(a) Their big dreams for their son's future.
(b) The relationship they've developed with Gobey.
(c) The success they've achieved with the dry-cleaning business.
(d) The care they have for the nation and the possiblity they will abandon America if slavery spreads.
14. What causes Lincoln to change his mind about his future?
(a) He fails as a farmer and sees he must return to politics.
(b) After seeing Seth Gale's son, Lincoln realizes how much he wants children.
(c) After meeting Seth Gale, Lincoln realizes his destiny is in national service, as Mary always said.
(d) He understands he's not getting any younger or better looking, so it's time to settle down.
15. In the debate, Douglas says Lincoln appears innocent but is very good at doing something dangerous with his words. What is it?
(a) Inserting daggers between an opponent's ribs.
(b) Tossing verbal lightning bolts with lethal force.
(c) Flinging words like David flung stones.
(d) Aiming verbal volleys with the accuracy of a sharpshooter.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do the red flags mean in the map of states in Lincoln's campaign headquarters?
2. Why has Lincoln come to see Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
3. What is the fear of those assigned to protect Lincoln on his way to Washington?
4. What promise does Mary Todd extract from Lincoln before agreeing to marry him?
5. What's the first thing one of the guests in Act 3, Scene 10 does after sitting down in the Lincolns' parlor?
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