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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Josh Speed's request to the Greens as he departs at the end of Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) He requests they accompany Lincoln to Springfield for opening of the Legislature.
(b) He asks them to call a physician to treat Lincoln's stress.
(c) He asks them to keep Lincoln with them and not let him out of their sight.
(d) He wants them to take copious notes about Lincoln's mood.

2. What is the purpose of Edwards' visit to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) To bring law and order to New Salem.
(b) To recruit Lincoln to run for the State Assembly.
(c) To look at the Rutledge Tavern as an investment.
(d) To announce his own run for the presidency.

3. Who does Ninian Edwards believe might be instigating the prospect of marriage between Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd?
(a) Elizabeth Edwards' father.
(b) Abe Lincoln.
(c) Judge Bowling Green.
(d) Mary Todd.

4. What is the plan that Seth Gale and Lincoln have for their futures?
(a) To move west, to Nebraska.
(b) To attend law school and go into practice together.
(c) To relocate to Springfield and open a general store.
(d) To move to California, in search of gold.

5. How does the weather complement Lincoln's mood when he arrives at the home of the Greens' with news of Ann's death?
(a) The wind howls in agony along with him.
(b) The weather is as clear as his conscience.
(c) The weather is as stormy as his mood.
(d) A blizzard settles in, reflecting the cold that has settled in his heart.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Lincoln studying in the opening scene?

2. How does Lincoln surprise Ann Rutledge while she is clearing tables during Act 1, Scene 2?

3. How does Lincoln jokingly describe, in Act 2, Scene 5, the act of defending a murder suspect?

4. Why does Lincoln return to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?

5. According to Josh, how is Lincoln doing in the State Assembly?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Josh Speed burns Lincoln's letter to Mary Todd, Lincoln tells him the real reasons he doesn't want to go through with the marriage. What are his real reasons?

2. What does Lincoln tell his friends in Act 2, Scene 4, in the discussion about his lack of political ambition and his unwillingness to speak publicly against slavery?

3. In Act 2, Scene 4, Lincoln has a law clerk who is something of a firebrand--he believes deeply in abolition and tries to get Lincoln involved in the public debate. What is Lincoln's response?

4. William Herndon reacts vehemently to Lincoln's denunciation of Mary Todd's ambitions for Lincoln. What does Herndon, who is somewhat drunk, tell Lincoln?

5. Ninian Edwards, Lincoln's friend and brother-in-law of Mary Todd, enters with a gift and a wedding day message to Lincoln. What do the gift and the message tell the audience about Mary Todd?

6. At the end of Act 2, Scene 4, Lincoln is about to attend an event that will change his life. Where is he going and what is going to happen there?

7. In Act 2, Scene 4, Lincoln continues to resist running for any office with more authority than the Electoral College. Why?

8. Why does Lincoln decide to run for office after talking to Ann, at the end of Act 1, Scene 2? Did she encourage him?

9. Lincoln is reluctant to consider running for State Assembly. What is his main objection?

10. What is Ann Rutledge's mood when she enters to clear the glasses of the men who have left the tavern in Act 1, Scene 2? Why is she feeling that way?

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