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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 piece of advice does Ninian Andrews give Lincoln concerning Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 6?
(a) He says Lincoln should always follow her advice because she has a good head for politics.
(b) He says Lincoln should keep a tight rein on her ambitions and delusions of grandeur.
(c) He tells Lincoln that Mary Todd should be committed to a hospital.
(d) He suggests giving in to her every whim in order to keep life happy.

2. What last ditch effort does Mary Todd's sister make to prevent a proposal from Lincoln toward the end of Act 2, Scene 5?
(a) She begins yelling at her sister, causing Ninian to slap her and drag her from the room.
(b) She begs Mary to put the children to bed.
(c) She produces a fan and uses it to flirt with Lincoln, to show he wouldn't be a faithful husband.
(d) She spills a pot of hot tea on Lincoln's lap.

3. Where has Lincoln been, just before he arrives at the Edwards' home in Act 2, Scene 5?
(a) Fox hunting.
(b) At the Statehouse, lobbying against gun registration.
(c) Visiting another woman, to whom he plans to propose.
(d) Visiting a potential client in jail.

4. What are the two professions open to people who fail at everything else, according to Lincoln's teacher?
(a) Politics and prospecting.
(b) School teaching and store keeping.
(c) Journalism and law.
(d) School teaching and politics.

5. What is Lincoln's attitude about people before he meets Ann Rutledge?
(a) Getting close to others is the best antidote in the world to loneliness.
(b) The best thing is to take a vow of silence in order not to be bothered by fools.
(c) It's best not to get too close to people; they see the insanity behind the surface.
(d) All people are to a degree insane, but that shouldn't stop one from getting close to them.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Elizabeth Edwards?

2. Why does Bowling Green call Lincoln "an artful dodger" in Act 2, Scene 4?

3. What does Mary Todd say when asked in Act. 2, Scene 5, if she is considering marriage to Lincoln?

4. What is the local gossip in New Salem about Ann Rutledge?

5. What is the setting of the first scene of Abe Lincoln in Illinois?

Short Essay Questions

1. Lincoln tries to draw Ann out about her sadness, but she resists. However, he continues. Does this change Ann's perception of Lincoln?

2. Why is it that debt is always heavy on Lincoln's mind during his early adulthood, covered by Act 1, Scene 1?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. Is Lincoln liked or disliked in the community of New Salem, according to his teacher in Act 1, Scene 1?

7. What sentiment does Daniel Webster express in the speech that Lincoln reads in Act 1, Scene 1?

8. According to Act 1, Scene 3, what is the relationship of Lincoln to Nancy and Bowling Green?

9. 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.

10. What is Josh Speed's opinion of Lincoln's personality and prospects, now that Lincoln is in the State Assembly?

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