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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Mary Todd describe Lincoln's behavior and absence over the previous two years?
(b) A severe illness.
(d) A psychotic break.
2. In the debate, Lincoln accuses Douglas of pandering to both sides of the slavery issue. What does he mean?
(a) Refusing to take a stand either for or against slavery.
(b) Breathing heavily whenever the issue becomes heated.
(c) Offering a trip to China to see the giant Pandas if a compromise is reached.
(d) Telling the South he's for slavery and the North that it shouldn't be allowed to spread.
3. What legal case established that slaves should be considered property?
(a) Brown v. Board of Education.
(b) The Slaughterhouse Cases.
(c) Dred Scott v. Sandford.
(d) Marbury v. Madison.
4. Who is fetching water for Seth Gale's sick son in Act 2, Scene 7?
(a) The Gale family slave, Gobey.
(b) Seth Gale's good friend, Gobey.
(c) Gobey, a free negro who works for the family.
(d) Gobey, a runaway slave.
5. The influential men visiting Lincoln ask about his views on which two topics?
(a) Taxes and slavery.
(b) Slavery and bank regulation.
(c) Workers rights and religious faith.
(d) Religion and interstate commerce.
6. Seth Gale tells Abe he's feeling "pretty scared" about his son's health. What does Lincoln tell him?
(a) He agrees Gale should be scared and urges him to turn back.
(b) He offers to burn some incense and herbs to smoke out the boy's fever.
(c) He urges Gale not to be scared, that he is doing a "big thing" and shouldn't let anything beat him down.
(d) He tells Gale that he, too, is scared but he will go West with the Gale family.
7. What are Mary's first words to Abe when he arrives after a two-year absence?
(a) "Mr. Lincoln, you are not my idea of a good man."
(b) "You should be ashamed of yourself, Mr. Lincoln."
(c) "I'm glad to see you again, Mr. Lincoln."
(d) "I always knew you would return to me, Abe."
8. What is Mary Todd's mood when she finds out--at the last minute--that important men are coming to talk to her husband?
9. Douglas accuses Lincoln of having sympathy for slaves but no sympathy for another suffering group of people. Who are they?
(a) Textile workers in the North.
(b) Seamstresses on the East Coast.
(c) Auto workers in Detroit.
(d) Windsurfers in Hawaii.
10. 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) Tossing verbal lightning bolts with lethal force.
(c) Aiming verbal volleys with the accuracy of a sharpshooter.
(d) Inserting daggers between an opponent's ribs.
11. 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) A demagogue who could play the ringmaster in a Barnum and Bailey Circus.
(c) One of the smoothest, slickest politicians that ever hoodwinked a yokel mob.
(d) One of the most astute politicians who ever emerged from a backwoods log cabin.
12. Lincoln says he has come to believe something about himself and Mary. What is it?
(a) Their destinies are together, for better or worse.
(b) Their destinies will take them to Europe to live.
(c) They are like peanut butter and jelly--good alone, but better together.
(d) They will never be happy together, no matter how they try.
13. What distinction does Lincoln draw between the slaves and downtrodden workers in the North?
(a) Slaves live on plantations, workers live in cities.
(b) The workers live with harsh winters, the slaves do not.
(c) The slaves can run away, the workers cannot.
(d) The workers have the right to strike, slaves do not.
14. In Act 2, Scene 7, what is the fear Seth Gale has about traveling with Gobey?
(a) He's fearful Gobey's previous owner will appear to reclaim him.
(b) He believes Gobey is planning to escape on the Underground Railroad.
(c) He's careful to stay in free territory to avoid Gobey being kidnapped and sold into slavery.
(d) He's afraid to take Gobey across state borders because he doesn't have a passport.
15. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?
(a) Shutting down the abolitionist newspaper.
(b) Running for President of the United States.
(c) Opening a local branch of Macy's.
(d) Taking over the Department of Justice.
Short Answer Questions
1. What are Lincoln's visitors really looking for in their candidate for President?
2. Who, in Lincoln's headquarters, is the most anxious about the voting returns?
3. How does Lincoln conclude his prayer for the health of Jimmy Gale?
4. 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?
5. What promise does Mary Todd extract from Lincoln before agreeing to marry him?
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