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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 does Mary Todd say when asked in Act. 2, Scene 5, if she is considering marriage to Lincoln?
(a) "I am determined to marry Stephen Douglas."
(b) "I have never given that idea a moment's thought."
(c) "That is the most repulsive idea I've ever heard."
(d) "I have decided I shall be Mrs. Lincoln."

2. What are three things Lincoln likes about Ann Rutledge?
(a) She's brave, pretty and a political asset.
(b) She's smart, pretty and owns property.
(c) She's good-looking, sensible and wants a large family.
(d) She's sensible, brave and good-looking.

3. What opinion does Elizabeth Edwards have of Abe Lincoln?
(a) She thinks he's divinely good-looking, but shiftless.
(b) She says he has a simple soul and is a most amiable creature, but not suitable as a husband.
(c) She calls him elegant, cultivated and likely to be rich some day soon.
(d) Compared to other men, he would be at the top of her list of potential husbands.

4. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?
(a) If elected, a man has to move to the city.
(b) If not elected, a man will be ashamed in his own community.
(c) If elected, a man is likely to be shot.
(d) If he loses, a man will be left with many debts.

5. Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law clerk, arrives in Act 2, Scene 6. What is his condition?
(a) He's drunk, as usual.
(b) He's suffering from an early case of swine flu.
(c) He has quit drinking and is sober.
(d) He's debilitated by swamp fever.

Short Answer Questions

1. What last ditch effort does Mary Todd's sister make to prevent a proposal from Lincoln toward the end of Act 2, Scene 5?

2. In Scene 2, Act 4, Lincoln receives a letter from his old friend, Seth Gale. What is Gale worrying about?

3. What is Billy Herndon's attitude toward Mary Todd on the day Lincoln is to be married?

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

5. What is Lincoln studying in the opening scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. Ninian Edwards is Lincoln's friend and an admirer, he tells Mary Todd. And yet, he is still unsure what she sees in Lincoln as a potential husband. What does Mary Todd tell her brother-in-law in response to that question?

2. Josh Speed arrives to visit with Abe at the Greens' house. When Lincoln isn't there, Speed fills them in on Lincoln's activities in the State Assembly. What has Lincoln accomplished in the year since he's been elected?

3. 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?

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

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

6. By Act 2, Scene 4, it is clear that Lincoln's friendship with Ninian Edwards (the governor's son) has advanced. What evidence does Lincoln offer of his popularity?

7. The informal committee that came to recruit Lincoln to run for State Assembly in Act 1, Scene 2 has a larger political purpose in mind. What is it?

8. 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?

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

10. 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.

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