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

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

3. Who is President of the United States at the time Edwards visits New Salem to meet Lincoln?
(a) Alexander Hamilton.
(b) Andrew Jackson.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) John Glenn.

4. Who admits being the one who suggested recruiting Lincoln to run for office?
(a) Josh Speed.
(b) Jack Armstrong.
(c) Seth Gale.
(d) Ann Rutledge.

5. Who is Billy Herndon?
(a) The boy who delivers mid-afternoon coffee and lottery tickets.
(b) A law clerk in Lincoln's office.
(c) A client of Lincoln's who is accused of murder.
(d) The illegitimate son of Josh Speed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is happening when Lincoln enters Rutledge Tavern to deliver mail?

2. What reason does Lincoln give in Act 2, Scene 4 for turning down the opportunity to speak against slavery?

3. What is Josh Speed's understanding of Lincoln's personality?

4. Where is Abe Lincoln staying while in New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?

5. In Scene 2, Act 4, what office is Lincoln seeking?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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. 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?

5. 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?

6. What is Lincoln's feeling about his career prospects as a young adult studying English in New Salem?

7. 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?

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. 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?

10. 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?

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