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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 Bowling Green's attitude toward the possibility of Lincoln marrying Ann Rutledge?
(a) He's all for the marriage; he thinks Ann will keep Lincoln on track.
(b) He is against the marriage; he knows Ann has been seeing someone else.
(c) He's for the marriage; Ann's family has a lot of money to spend on campaigns.
(d) Judge Green is against it; he thinks Ann will be a hindrance to Lincoln.

2. Who is President during the time represented in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Harrison Ford.
(b) Winston Churchill.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) Martin Van Buren.

3. What happens at the end of Act 2, Scene 4 that proves Lincoln's claim that he is a social success?
(a) Mary Todd sends Lincoln a thank-you note for a pleasant evening the previous week.
(b) Ninian Edwards invites Lincoln home for dinner.
(c) Nancy Green accepts a job as his social secretary to keep track of his dates.
(d) Josh Speed introduces Lincoln to his sister.

4. Why does Bowling Green call Lincoln "an artful dodger" in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Lincoln continually evades running for any office that would require him to take a public stand on slavery.
(b) Lincoln is an accomplished amateur boxer who never takes a blow to the chin.
(c) Lincoln manages to slip away from debt collectors just when they are closing in on him.
(d) Lincoln has left a number of women at the altar.

5. Who wrote the poem that Lincoln's teacher gives him to read?
(a) John Brown.
(b) John Singer Sargeant.
(c) John Keats.
(d) John Lennon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Ninian Edwards believe might be instigating the prospect of marriage between Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd?

2. In Act 2, Scene 4, who arrives unexpectedly at Lincoln's office to visit?

3. When Act 2, Scene 4 opens in Lincoln's Springfield law office, how much time has passed since the death of Ann Rutledge?

4. When Lincoln suggests he wants to die in Act 1, Scene 3, how do his friends respond?

5. What does Ann's love do for Lincoln?

Short Essay Questions

1. Josh Speed and Bowling Green are longtime friends of Lincoln's; they have urged him for years to seek higher political office. In Act 2, Scene 4, what is their attitude toward Lincoln's reluctance to run for an important elected position?

2. How desperate is Lincoln and what is the event that seems to have caused his emotional outbreak?

3. Does Lincoln appear to be emotionally stable just after he announces the death of Ann Rutledge?

4. In Act 2, Scene 6, Lincoln decides to jilt Mary Todd on their wedding day. He plans to inform her in a long letter--a plan to which Josh Speed objects. Why does Speed object? In his mind, what does Lincoln's plan say about Lincoln as a man?

5. Describe the setting in Act 2, Scene 5 (the parlor of the Edwards' home) and explain what the setting is meant to tell the audience.

6. What is Webster reacting or responding to in the speech Lincoln reads in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

8. 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?

9. How does Nancy Green describe Lincoln's fear of falling in love in Act 1, Scene 3?

10. As Lincoln contemplates breaking his engagement, Josh Speeds urges him to wait until he, Lincoln, is feeling calmer. Lincoln responds that he is desperate to have the matter settled. What is Josh Speed's larger concern about Lincoln under the circumstances?

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