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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. How does Lincoln define his "own great duty?"
(a) His duty is to mind his own business and he doesn't care what other people think.
(b) His duty is to defend the Constitution to the best of his understanding.
(c) He needs to go West and seize California from the Mexican government.
(d) He doesn't know what it is and he's tired of people nagging him about it.
2. How does Act 1, Scene 3, in which Ann Rutledge dies, come to an end?
(a) The scene ends with only a beam of light from Abe's attic illuminating the stage.
(b) The scene ends with a prayer spoken by Nancy Green.
(c) The scene concludes with Lincoln on his knees in the attic, sobbing.
(d) The scene ends when Lincoln stumbles offstage, leaving his friends worried about his fate.
3. Lincoln and Mary Todd are getting married, yet he seems to be in despair. Why?
(a) Mary Todd has run off with Billy Herndon.
(b) He discovers he loves Elizabeth Edwards, not Mary Todd.
(c) Mary Todd has written him a letter, breaking their engagement.
(d) He wants to break the engagement and leave Mary Todd at the altar.
4. Besides debt, what topic often occupies Lincoln's mind?
(a) The prospect of death.
(b) The prospect of civil war.
(c) The prospect of a harsh winter.
(d) The prospect of marriage.
5. What is the setting of the first scene of Abe Lincoln in Illinois?
(a) A cabin near New Salem, Illionois, which belongs to Lincoln's teacher.
(b) A log cabin in the woods of Missouri.
(c) A riverboat on the mighty Mississippi.
(d) A tavern in Springfield.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where is Abe Lincoln staying while in New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
2. What, besides politics, does Lincoln have on his mind during the scene in the Rutledge Tavern?
3. In Scene 2, Act 4, what office is Lincoln seeking?
4. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?
5. When Act 2, Scene 4 opens in Lincoln's Springfield law office, how much time has passed since the death of Ann Rutledge?
Short Essay Questions
1. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 5, Elizabeth Edwards is responding to a bit of news which surprises her--even though she might have seen it coming. What is the news and who brought it to her attention?
2. 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?
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. 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?
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. William Herndon reacts vehemently to Lincoln's denunciation of Mary Todd's ambitions for Lincoln. What does Herndon, who is somewhat drunk, tell Lincoln?
8. Why is it that debt is always heavy on Lincoln's mind during his early adulthood, covered by Act 1, Scene 1?
9. In Act 2, Scene 4, Lincoln continues to resist running for any office with more authority than the Electoral College. Why?
10. 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?
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