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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) One of the most astute politicians who ever emerged from a backwoods log cabin.
(b) One of the smoothest, slickest politicians that ever hoodwinked a yokel mob.
(c) A lawyer as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
(d) A demagogue who could play the ringmaster in a Barnum and Bailey Circus.

2. What is the name of President-elect Lincoln's bodyguard?
(a) Gilooly.
(b) Hodgson.
(c) O'Reilly.
(d) Kavanagh.

3. 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.

4. How does Lincoln frequently begin a sentence after his election?
(a) "As I live and breath..."
(b) "If I live..."
(c) "Funnily enough..."
(d) "Whatever..."

5. What institution does Douglas use to bolster his argument that negroes are not equal under the Constitution?
(a) The National Rifle Association.
(b) The Catholic Church.
(c) The Supreme Court.
(d) The American Civil Liberties Union.

6. What has Lincoln been doing since breaking his engagement to Mary Todd?
(a) Just drifting, down around Kentucky and Indiana.
(b) Studying to become a missionary preacher.
(c) Teaching down in Kentucky and Indiana.
(d) Practicing law and building a fortune.

7. Who, in Lincoln's headquarters, is the most anxious about the voting returns?
(a) Josh Speed.
(b) Ninian Edwards.
(c) Robert Lincoln.
(d) Mary Todd Lincoln.

8. What is the dream from ancient times that Lincoln speaks of in his farewell?
(a) A dream that every home will have a chicken in every pot.
(b) The dream of stepping foot on the moon.
(c) A hope that every child will be born with a silver spoon for safe-keeping.
(d) Mankind's dream of shaking off chains and finding freedom in the brotherhood of life.

9. How is the crowd outside receiving voting results?
(a) Announcements are made by loudspeaker.
(b) A crier shouts the results from the roof of the State House.
(c) Through their Twitter accounts.
(d) By images flashed by a magic lantern outside the State House.

10. 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.

11. 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) The workers live with harsh winters, the slaves do not.
(d) Slaves live on plantations, workers live in cities.

12. What are Mary's first words to Abe when he arrives after a two-year absence?
(a) "I'm glad to see you again, Mr. Lincoln."
(b) "I always knew you would return to me, Abe."
(c) "You should be ashamed of yourself, Mr. Lincoln."
(d) "Mr. Lincoln, you are not my idea of a good man."

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 says settlers will be satisfied, regardless of the state of slavery.
(c) He thinks the Mexicans will attack if slavery spreads.
(d) He says settlers might form another country or move to Canada.

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. In the debate, Douglas says Lincoln appears innocent but is very good at doing something dangerous with his words. What is it?
(a) Flinging words like David flung stones.
(b) Aiming verbal volleys with the accuracy of a sharpshooter.
(c) Tossing verbal lightning bolts with lethal force.
(d) Inserting daggers between an opponent's ribs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What promise does Mary Todd extract from Lincoln before agreeing to marry him?

2. What is the sentence that Lincoln tells his farewell crowd is true and appropriate for all times and occasions?

3. What are Lincoln's visitors really looking for in their candidate for President?

4. To which of Shakespeare's characters does Douglas compare Lincoln?

5. At the end of Scene 2, Act 8, what is Lincoln's response to Mary's actions?

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