Mid-Book Test - Medium
|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Why does Lincoln return to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) Seth Gale summoned him with a letter.
(b) He has been kicked out of Springfiled for being drunk in public.
(c) Ann Rutledge is sick.
(d) The Greens have asked him to mediate in their divorce.
2. One of Lincoln's clients can't pay her bill; why does Lincoln think she is right not to pay?
(a) Lincoln defended her husband unsuccessfully and he was hanged.
(b) Lincoln took a horse from her late husband in payment.
(c) She is a poor widow and Lincoln doesn't take money from widows.
(d) He believes she is going to inherit a lot of money, so he can wait for payment.
3. What is Lincoln studying in the opening scene?
(a) Punctuation marks.
(b) The moods of the English language.
(c) The moods of a woman he would like to court.
(d) The plays of Shakespeare.
4. What happens at the end of Act 2, Scene 4 that proves Lincoln's claim that he is a social success?
(a) Ninian Edwards invites Lincoln home for dinner.
(b) Mary Todd sends Lincoln a thank-you note for a pleasant evening the previous week.
(c) Nancy Green accepts a job as his social secretary to keep track of his dates.
(d) Josh Speed introduces Lincoln to his sister.
5. What is Lincoln's response to a poem he reads regarding life and death?
(a) He likes it: "It sure is good...it's fine!
(b) He is inspired to write his own poetry: "I've got a thought, Teacher, give me a pencil."
(c) He finds it strange: "I don't get the meaning of it, at all."
(d) It depresses him: "Life is sure 'nuff short, why think about death?"
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Bowling Green's attitude toward the possibility of Lincoln marrying Ann Rutledge?
2. How does Lincoln intend to communicate his intentions to Mary Todd?
3. In Act 2, Scene 4, why is Billy Herndon disappointed with Lincoln?
4. On which holiday does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?
5. What is the mood of the speech Lincoln is asked to read in the first scene?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Act 2, Scene 7, it has been two years since Lincoln broke off his engagement. He has been drifting since then, but has returned to New Salem in time to meet his old friend, Seth Gale. The Gale family is heading west, to Oregon. Gale has had a hard journey and now his young son is suffering from swamp fever. What does he want from Lincoln at this time?
2. A few days after meeting Seth Gale, Abe Lincoln arrives at the home of Mary Todd. She is still single and Abe plans to ask her, again, to marry him. Does the fact that Mary is still single, two years after the broken engagement to Lincoln, indicate anything about her character? Support your answer with your interpretation of the text, both from Act 2, Scene 8 and from earlier episodes in the play.
3. In Act 2, Scene 5, Elizabeth Edwards and her sister, Mary Todd, have a spirited discussion about Abraham Lincoln and whether he would be a good match for Mary Todd. What does their argument tell the audience about the sisters' personalities?
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. How does Mary Todd characterize the man her sister married and the life they have together? And what is wrong with that life, according to Mary Todd?
7. What sentiment does Daniel Webster express in the speech that Lincoln reads in Act 1, Scene 1?
8. 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?
9. 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?
10. Stephen Douglas takes the position that "each state should mind its own business," says Lincoln in the debate. It might seem like the safer course, he argues, but there is a danger to following that advice. What is the danger that Lincoln foresees?
This section contains 1,412 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)