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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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) A demagogue who could play the ringmaster in a Barnum and Bailey Circus.
(d) One of the smoothest, slickest politicians that ever hoodwinked a yokel mob.
2. Where does Seth Gale intend to settle his family?
(d) New Mexico.
3. What is the name of President-elect Lincoln's bodyguard?
4. What is the mood of the crowd surging around Lincoln at the railroad station?
(a) Disapproving and sullen.
(b) Happy and admiring.
(c) Hostile and silent.
(d) There was no crowd, it was pouring rain.
5. What causes Lincoln to change his mind about his future?
(a) After seeing Seth Gale's son, Lincoln realizes how much he wants children.
(b) He fails as a farmer and sees he must return to politics.
(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.
6. What is the dream from ancient times that Lincoln speaks of in his farewell?
(a) A hope that every child will be born with a silver spoon for safe-keeping.
(b) Mankind's dream of shaking off chains and finding freedom in the brotherhood of life.
(c) A dream that every home will have a chicken in every pot.
(d) The dream of stepping foot on the moon.
7. What distinction does Lincoln draw between the slaves and downtrodden workers in the North?
(a) The slaves can run away, the workers cannot.
(b) The workers have the right to strike, slaves do not.
(c) Slaves live on plantations, workers live in cities.
(d) The workers live with harsh winters, the slaves do not.
8. Asked how he'll feel if he loses, how does Lincoln predict he will feel?
(a) Afraid to face Mary.
(b) Crushed beyond belief.
(c) The greatest sense of relief.
(d) As flustered as a toad in hot water.
9. 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 breaks down in tears at the injustice.
(b) The boy's mother gives him mouth to mouth resuscitation.
(c) Lincoln says a prayer for the boy's recovery.
(d) Jack Armstrong applies a mustard paste to the boy's chest.
10. What is the fear of those assigned to protect Lincoln on his way to Washington?
(a) Mary Todd Lincoln will smother him with a pillow.
(b) His train will be bombed.
(c) Angry Southerners will kill him.
(d) He will run away to Canada.
11. What is the sentence that Lincoln tells his farewell crowd is true and appropriate for all times and occasions?
(a) "This is the day the Lord has made."
(b) "And this, too, shall pass away."
(c) "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."
(d) "One step for man, a giant step for mankind."
12. What legal case established that slaves should be considered property?
(a) The Slaughterhouse Cases.
(b) Brown v. Board of Education.
(c) Marbury v. Madison.
(d) Dred Scott v. Sandford.
13. What is Mary Todd's mood when she finds out--at the last minute--that important men are coming to talk to her husband?
14. What is Mary Todd's reaction to word of Lincoln's arrival at her home In Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) She is enraged and slams the door.
(b) She is startled, but agrees to see him.
(c) She is surprised; tears pour down her cheeks.
(d) She is shocked because she is now married to someone else.
15. Seth Gale tells Abe he's feeling "pretty scared" about his son's health. What does Lincoln tell him?
(a) He urges Gale not to be scared, that he is doing a "big thing" and shouldn't let anything beat him down.
(b) He agrees Gale should be scared and urges him to turn back.
(c) He tells Gale that he, too, is scared but he will go West with the Gale family.
(d) He offers to burn some incense and herbs to smoke out the boy's fever.
Short Answer Questions
1. To which of Shakespeare's characters does Douglas compare Lincoln?
2. How is Lincoln's appearance different from Election Day?
3. What is the last line of the play, sung by the crowd?
4. What university does Lincoln's oldest son attend?
5. How is the crowd outside receiving voting results?
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