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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does the playwright describe the appearance of Stephen Douglas as he takes the stage to debate Lincoln?
(a) "He is a titan, with a voice that rolls like thunder."
(b) "He is a brief but magnetic man, confident of his power."
(c) "Muscular and tall, Judge Douglas commands attention with his merest glance."
(d) "The judge is an elfin man, with a voice to match."
2. What is Lincoln wearing as he arrives for the train to Washington?
(a) The kilt of his family's clan.
(b) A gray, hand-tailored suit.
(c) A straw hat.
(d) A plaid shawl over his shoulders.
3. In Act 2, Scene 7, what is the fear Seth Gale has about traveling with Gobey?
(a) He's afraid to take Gobey across state borders because he doesn't have a passport.
(b) He believes Gobey is planning to escape on the Underground Railroad.
(c) He's fearful Gobey's previous owner will appear to reclaim him.
(d) He's careful to stay in free territory to avoid Gobey being kidnapped and sold into slavery.
4. When Lincoln leaves the parlor for a moment, how does one of his visitors in Act 3, Scene 9 describe him?
(a) One of the smoothest, slickest politicians that ever hoodwinked a yokel mob.
(b) A demagogue who could play the ringmaster in a Barnum and Bailey Circus.
(c) One of the most astute politicians who ever emerged from a backwoods log cabin.
(d) A lawyer as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
5. Who is Lincoln's main rival for the presidency?
(a) Uriah Heep.
(b) Andrew Jackson.
(c) Stephen Douglas.
(d) William Herndon.
6. What does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) To contribute to his campaign.
(b) To move west to Oregon with him and Seth Gale.
(c) To leave town so he and Ninian Edwards can resume their friendship.
(d) To be his wife.
7. 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) Smoking in the parlor.
(b) Playing the piano with sticky fingers.
(c) Scratching under his arm.
(d) Putting his feet on the furniture.
8. What has Lincoln been doing since breaking his engagement to Mary Todd?
(a) Practicing law and building a fortune.
(b) Teaching down in Kentucky and Indiana.
(c) Just drifting, down around Kentucky and Indiana.
(d) Studying to become a missionary preacher.
9. 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) Asks permission to smoke a cigar.
(c) Congratulates Lincoln on the beauty of the house.
(d) Spills tea on the sofa.
10. What is Lincoln doing as he waits for the voting results?
(a) Writing his memoirs.
(b) Pacing nervously.
(c) Reading newspapers.
(d) Bouncing a tennis ball.
11. In the debate, Douglas says Lincoln appears innocent but is very good at doing something dangerous with his words. What is it?
(a) Aiming verbal volleys with the accuracy of a sharpshooter.
(b) Tossing verbal lightning bolts with lethal force.
(c) Flinging words like David flung stones.
(d) Inserting daggers between an opponent's ribs.
12. How is Lincoln's appearance different from Election Day?
(a) There is a patch over one eye.
(b) He is walking with a cane.
(c) He has shaved his head.
(d) He has a beard.
13. What is the essential element Lincoln's party is seeking in a presidential candidate when they ask him to run?
(a) The ability to get elected.
(b) An anti-slavery attitude.
(c) A willingness to raise taxes.
(d) A strong military policy.
14. What happens when Seth Gale's boy takes a turn for the worse before the doctor arrives at the end of Act 2, Scene 7?
(a) Lincoln says a prayer for the boy's recovery.
(b) Lincoln breaks down in tears at the injustice.
(c) Jack Armstrong applies a mustard paste to the boy's chest.
(d) The boy's mother gives him mouth to mouth resuscitation.
15. Why does Mary agree to the public humiliation of taking Lincoln back after two years?
(a) She never worries about what others think of her.
(b) She will control Lincoln by using his shame about their broken engagement.
(c) The humiliation will be wiped out by "ultimate triumph."
(d) Lincoln promises to make a public declaration of his undying love on the courthouse steps.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the name of President-elect Lincoln's bodyguard?
2. How does Mary Todd accept Lincoln's proposal at the end of Act 2, Scene 8?
3. Why has Lincoln come to see Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
4. At the end of Scene 2, Act 8, what is Lincoln's response to Mary's actions?
5. How does Lincoln frequently begin a sentence after his election?
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